Refugee crisis

Þorsteinn Víglundsson with Filippo Grandi in Geneva.

Icelandic government to receive more refugees in coming years

13 Jun 2017 Minister for Social Affairs and Equality in Iceland, Þorsteinn Víglundsson reaffirmed the plans of the Icelandic government on the annual reception of quota refugees and the government's policy to receive a greater number of refugees in coming years.

The gathering will take place at Austurvöllur, in front of the Icelandic parliament.

Solidarity gathering for refugees today in Reykjavik

9 Feb 2017 "The primary goal of this demonstration is to show solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers," says Melissa Pfeffer, one of the organizers of a solidarity gathering for refugees that will take place today.

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Video:AFP visits Syrian refugees settling in Iceland

2 Feb 2017 The AFP media service came to Iceland this week to interview Syrian families who fled a country of war and horror for the peace and safety of Iceland.

President Jóhannesson offered a heartfelt welcome to Syrian families who are about to settle in Reykjavik and Akureyri. His wife, First Lady Eliza Reid is on his left hand side.

Icelandic President invites Syrian refugees to his official residence

30 Jan 2017 Five Syrian families, part of a new group of Syrian refugees invited by the Icelandic Government to settle in Iceland were received by President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson this afternoon. The President told them that Iceland wanted to show compassion, tolerance and an open mind.

Þórunn Ólafsdóttir, director of Akkeri.

Party for asylum seekers organised in Reykjavik

30 Dec 2016 Akkeri, an association working on behalf of refugees are organising a party for asylum seekers on New Years Eve in Reykjavik. The party received the support of the City of Reykjavik and will be held at the City Hall by Lake Tjörnin.

Þórir and Jóhanna were Red Cross representatives for Iceland in the Mediterranean.

They saved 1,107 lives in the Meditteranean

30 Nov 2016 Þórir Guðmundsson and Jóhanna Jónsdóttir are back in Iceland after taking part in rescue missions in the Mediterranean. Guðmundsson says this is the hardest project he has ever undertaken but that it's important to remember that 1,107 lives were saved.

Two Albanian families were granted citizenship by the Icelandic Parliament  after having previously been deported.

Over 20 people applied for asylum in Iceland this weekend

26 Sep 2016 Over twenty people applied for asylum in Iceland this weekend, most of them from Albania and Macedonia.

Watch little Syrian refugee boy sing in flawless Icelandic

23 Sep 2016 The accompanying video of a little Syrian boy singing a playschool song about all the colours in the rainbow in perfect Icelandic has touched the the hearts of many.

Protests outside the Ministry for the Interior to stop asylum seekers being turned away.

Increasing numbers of asylum seekers

23 Sep 2016 Kristín Völundardóttir, director of the Iceland Directory of Immigration says that asylum seekers are "pouring in" and expects them to be around 700 by the end of this year.

Refugees from Syria arriving in Iceland.

Majority of Icelanders want to do more to help refugees

6 Sep 2016 A great majority of Icelanders want the Icelandic government to do more to help those seeking refuge from war and persecution. This is the result of a new survey conducted by Maskína for Amnesty International in Iceland.

The men being dragged out of church by police.

Asylum seekers dragged out of church by Reykjavik Police

28 Jun 2016 While most of the Icelandic nation was celebrating a football victory, Iranian asylum seekers Ali and Majeh were dragged out from the sanctuary of a Reykjavik church at midnight.

Syrian refugees, covered with life blankets upon arriving to the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey.

Icelandic charity pleads with government to bring in refugee children from Greece

26 May 2016 Akkeri, an association of Icelanders working to help refugees have launched an online petition demanding of the Icelandic government to bring refugees, especially families with young children and unaccompanied children and teenagers from Greece.

Many asylum seekers are refugees fleeing war zones.

Three times more seeking asylum in Iceland this year

12 May 2016 New figures from Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration show that 177 individuals applied for asylum in Iceland in the first four months of 2016 – around three times more than the same period last year.

Eygló Harðardóttir welcomes a Syrian mother and baby.

More Syrian refugees arrive in Iceland

7 Apr 2016 Four Syrian families arrived in Iceland yesterday and were welcomed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Housing, Eygló Harðardóttir.

The families arriving at Keflavik International Airport in January.

"For us, it's the freezer" - Iceland's Syria refugees interviewed in the Telegraph

25 Feb 2016 The Telegraph today features an interview with Khattab Al Mohammad, one of the Syrian refugees who moved to Iceland with their families in January.




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