The social housing system for asylum seekers in Iceland is under a lot of strain.
Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson believes Icelanders can accept more than 50 refugees—the number previously agreed on by authorities. He compares recent declarations regarding the number of refugees we should accept to an auction or a pissing contest.
Eygló Harðardóttir, minister for social affairs, says “we are one of the richest nations in the world and we can accept many more [refugees] than we have been accepting in the past."
The Facebook event Kæra Eygló Harðar—Syria calls, created by Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, author and professor, to encourage Icelandic authorities to accept more Syrian refugees, has not only caught the attention of Icelanders, but also that of media abroad.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is planning to appoint a committee of ministers to discuss the growing pressure from Icelanders, politicians and the public, on the government to accept more than 50 refugees.
Police and firefighters were called out to the Red Cross’ Reykjavík office around noon today, after receiving reports that an asylum seeker was threatening self-immolation.
In the past days and weeks, a record number of applications for asylum have been received by the Directorate of Immigration.
The North Iceland municipality of Akureyri has applauded the decision by the Icelandic government to accept 50 refugees over the next two years. The municipality says it is more than willing to resettle refugees in the municipality and help provide them with new opportunities and a better...
European interior ministers from 32 EU and EFTA states met in Brussels over the weekend, and on Monday came to an agreement on an intra-Europe refugee redistribution plan, which will affect the lives of over 32,000 people who have been displaced due to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa...
“In fact the number of refugee resettlements in Europe is not going up, but rather their previously uneven distribution is being evened out,” Íris Björg Kristjánsdóttir, parliamentary committee specialist on immigration and former head of the refugee committee, told Vísir.
MP for the Left Greens Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced on Facebook yesterday that her party will put forward a motion in parliament that the Icelandic government allocates additional funds to the Icelandic Coast Guard so that its ship Týr can continue its work in the Mediterranean.
People smugglers in the Mediterranean, some 60 nautical miles from Libya, fired shots to recover a wooden boat on Monday from which migrants had been rescued shortly before. Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr, which had participated in the rescue operation, was in the area when the shots were...
Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr, which is currently on assignment for Frontex, the European Union’s external borders agency, in the Mediterranean, is currently searching for a dinghy 18 nautical miles north of Libya.
Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr brought 320 refugees to land at the town of Pozzallo in Sicily over Easter after reaching their wooden boat, which was leaking, off the coast of Libya on April 3.
UNICEF in Iceland and Fatímusjóðurinn have raised ISK 20 million (USD 147,000, EUR 135,000) for the education of Syrian refugee children. The money will be used to run a center for information education for 350 children in Jordan.