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Colombian Refugees Arrive in Iceland

Six Colombian refugees arrived in Iceland on Friday at the invitation of the Icelandic government. They include two families, a woman in her forties with her young son and a woman around 30 with three children, the youngest of whom is only a few months old.

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The refugees will live in Reykjavík. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

The families arrived here from Ecuador after having fled violence, conflict and persecution in their home country, Morgunbladid reports.

A statement from the Red Cross says that because of the special circumstances of these refugees in Ecuador, the UN Refugee Agency requested that the Icelandic government provide shelter for them here.

The Colombians will live in Reykjavík and the City Council and the Red Cross will assist them in adapting to their new environment.

According to information from the Ministry of Social Affairs, the children will attend school and kindergarten in the city and will receive special support, for example in maintaining Spanish, their mother tongue.

This is the third time that Iceland has received refugees from Colombia. There are around 60 people in the Colombian community in Iceland.

Click here to read about other new refugee arrivals.

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