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Decline in Applications for Asylum

The Directorate of Immigration (ÚTL) has not published an annual report since 2014 due to what it claims is an “unprecedented increase in applications for international protection,” even as statistics available on its website show that there has been a decline in the number of refugees applying...

Syrian refugees at Bessastaðir.

Restored Honour Abolished

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, had its last parliamentary session yesterday before the upcoming elections. Due to the time being very short, not a lot was settled upon.

Syrian refugees at Bessastaðir.

Support For Immigrants Increased Significantly

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.

Þorsteinn Víglundsson, Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Equality

Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs Thinks Immigrants Deserve Better

Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs, Þorsteinn Víglundsson, wrote a lengthy post on his Facebook profile, discussing the matter of refugees. The post delves into the arguments used by those who are against taking in more refugees, due to it preventing Iceland from improving pensions for the...

Syrian refugees on the border of Lebanon, 2014

55 Refugees in Iceland Next Year

The Icelandic government has agreed to offer up to 55 refugees next year a home in Iceland. Within a few years, the number is expected to rise to a hundred refugees per year.

Camping in Reykjavík

Success for Refugee Bike Repair Scheme

On Brekkustígur, in western Reykjavík, there is a cycle workshop where refugees and asylum seekers are invited to come and fix up old bikes, which they can then keep for personal transport.

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