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Emigration from Iceland Doubles from Year to Year

By Iceland Review

The moving of households from Iceland to a foreign country has doubled from year to year. Since the beginning of 2009, shipping company Eimskip has moved 151 containers holding households or 38 per month on average—which equals more than one family moving out of the country every day.

An Eimskip transport vessel at Sundahöfn harbor in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The employees of Eimskip started noticing increased emigration in January, which then continued to increase and last month households being moved out of the country were twice as many as in April 2008, Stöd 2 reports.

Most of the families who are leaving are native Icelanders, but they also include foreign citizens returning to their home countries after years of living in Iceland. The Directorate of Labor had predicted expatriation in spring and now it seems as if that prediction might come true.

Click here to read more about Icelandic emigrants.

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