Immigrants make up around 18.6% of Iceland’s labour market.
The latest European Social Survey shows that Icelanders have progressively become more positive about immigration and multiculturalism and that the country now holds the most liberal views on these matters in Europe.
Voting rates among immigrants dropped significantly between 2006 and 2014 according to a task force charged with improving them.
Women of foreign origin in Iceland have stepped forward sharing their experiences of gender-based discrimination and violence under the banner of the #metoo movement.
Approximately 10.6% of the Icelandic population are immigrants, most of whom come from Poland. Polish authorities have recently begun to ask residents living abroad to return to their home country, due to an increasing need for working hands.
Public funding for all immigration and refugee related matters in Iceland will more than double next year, with sources claiming the amount will go from 150 million krónas to 410 million.