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.

Sveinn Gestur Tryggvason was accused of threatening behaviour.

“Hatred and nationalist extremism on the rise in Iceland”

16 Aug 2016 Tensions ran high yesterday at a twin demonstration in central Reykjavik by activists showing support for refugees and asylum seekers and members of the right-wing nationalist Icelandic National Front.

Immigration protest and counter-protest in Reykjavik

15 Aug 2016 Two opposing groups of protestors gathered in central Reykjavik this afternoon to express their views on issues of immigration and multiculturalism in Iceland.

Some of the refugees arriving in January.

Fifty more refugees to Iceland expected by end of year

10 Aug 2016 Up to fifty more Syrian refugees currently in camps in Lebanon are set to relocate to Iceland this year, under existing government plans.

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.

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.

The Naser family from Syria during football practice at Oddeyrarskóli in Akureyri. f

"The cold is better than war"

16 Apr 2016 A family of seven have a new home in Akureyri. It's a home where smiles, gratitude and optimism prevail. It's been four months since couple Joumaa and Joumana arrived in Iceland accompanied by their five sons as refugees from Syria.

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.

The children were beaming with joy in today's beautiful weather.

The Syrian children experience Icelandic snow

21 Jan 2016 The faces of the Syrian children who just moved to Akureyri were filled with joy as they played in the thick snow. The children form part of the group of refugees who arrived to Iceland on Tuesday.

Syrian refugees arrive today: children excited to see their new home

19 Jan 2016 Staff at the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs greeted the group of Syrian refugees who arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle this morning to get a connecting flight to Iceland. The group were given snacks for their journey and all the children received books and colouring books for their journey towards their new home.

Refugee children from Syria.

First Syria refugee families to arrive next week

11 Jan 2016 Two of the three families to be accommodated in Kópavogur will be arriving on Tuesday 19 January, with the others arriving in their new home country subsequently.

Kevi, 3, with his sister, both now back in their native Albania.

Tears of joy as Albanian families receive Icelandic citizenship

20 Dec 2015 "This is a joyous day," said Hermann Ragnarsson who applied for citizenship on behalf of the two Albanian families who were deported recently. The Icelandic Government offered them citizenship yesterday.

Photo: Kristinn Ingvarsson

Asylum applications from Canada and USA

18 Dec 2015 Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration has received asylum applications from people of 53 different nationalities this year – including from countries officially classed as safe.

Department of Immigration vandalised

11 Dec 2015 Vandals last night sprayed the word FASISTAR (meaning ‘fascists’) in large red letters onto the windows of Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration in Reykjavik.


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