Asylum Seekers


Removed from Church with Force

Two asylum seekers were forcefully removed by police from Laugarneskirkja church early this morning, after the minister had offered them sanctuary.


Controversy Over Asylum Seekers’ Shelter

Residents of Grundarhverfi, on the small Kjalarnes peninsula, are upset with the Directorate of Immigration for housing 43 asylum seekers in their neighborhood. A heated public meeting took place this week.

Albanian Families Return Today

The Albanian families, who were deported on December 10 after their applications for asylum were rejected, will return to Iceland this afternoon. Their applications for citizenship were approved in late December.

Albanian Families Granted Icelandic Citizenship

The Albanian families, who were deported from Iceland on December 10, after their requests for asylum were not granted, resulting in harsh criticism of the authorities on social media, have been granted Icelandic citizenship.

Refugees on Lesbos, Greece

Icelandic Red Cross Sends Delegate to Greece

The Icelandic Red Cross has sent a delegate, Páll Biering, associate professor of psychiatric nursing, to Greece. This is the first time this century that Iceland sends a delegate to a country within Europe.

Týr Icelandic Coast Guard ship arrives in Sicily with refugees

Asylum Seeker Shelter to be Set Up?

Negotiations are underway between the Directorate of Immigration and the Town of Kópavogur, located in the capital area, to set up an emergency shelter for asylum seekers.

Syrian refugees on the border of Lebanon, 2014

Red Cross: 200 Refugees 2016 and ’17

The Icelandic Red Cross doubts more than the 50-60 quota refugees already approved by the government can be accepted this year. We could, however, receive 200 refugees a year in 2016 and 2017.


School for Children of Asylum Seekers

Fifteen children of asylum seekers in three municipalities, who due to a mistake by the Directorate of Immigration had not been admitted to school, have now been granted admission.