Hekla María Friðriksdóttir, an Icelander volunteering on the Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos), spent December 23 on a rescue mission by the shore.
Ólína Þorvarðardóttir, an MP for the Social Democrats, has suggested that the government should create a new ombudsman for refugees and asylum seekers.
IKEA has announced plans to donate ISK 100,000 (USD 770, EUR 705) of store credit to all 55 Syrian refugees expected in Iceland in January.
The Paris attacks will not have an impact on the decision of Icelandic authorities to receive refugees from Syria this year and next.
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.
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.
When an Albanian family was denied asylum in Iceland, Illugi Jökulsson decided to start collecting signatures in the family’s support.
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.
The City of Reykjavík and the Directorate of Immigration this morning signed an agreement to provide services to up to 90 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.
The residents of Hólar, Hjaltadalur, North Iceland, have contacted the district of Skagafjörður to express their willingness to receive refugees.
The Government of Iceland announced at a press conference today that ISK 2 billion (USD 16 million, EUR 14 million) will be allocated to assist refugees and asylum seekers. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said he expected that Iceland will accept more than 100 refugees...
The analysis department at Arion Bank has released a report saying that welcoming a large number of refugees to Iceland would be a very extensive and expensive project, but that the long-term economic effect would be a positive one—adding that there is little to suggest that the move would cause...
A majority of Icelanders want to take in Syrian refugees and the country’s prime minister says we could know as early as tomorrow how many there will be.
Over ISK 8 million has been collected for Syrian children in just two weeks since UNICEF launched its emergency appeal.
Yesterday afternoon, 192 people of various nationalities had applied for asylum in Iceland since the beginning of the year.
Twenty-two members of parliament from all parties in opposition have introduced a parliamentary resolution regarding increased support for accepting refugees in Iceland.
The Icelandic government has decided to distribute ISK 50 million (USD 392,000, EUR 346,000) in additional funding to the Directorate of Immigration for processing applications for asylum in Iceland, which are constantly increasing. No decision has been made as to how many quota refugees will be...
Bergsteinn Jónsson, executive director at UNICEF Iceland, stresses the importance of being well prepared as a nation once we receive refugees.