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Few foreigners on social benefits

By Iceland Review

Foreigners in Iceland do not tend to apply for unemployment or maternity benefits, despite having the same rights to those as Icelanders. Unemployment among foreigners is less than among Icelanders, according to Gissur Pétursson, director of the Directorate of Labour, as most foreigners come to Iceland to work. This is reported by Vísir online.

Foreign residents in Iceland are entitled to the same unemployment and maternity benefits as Icelanders, provided they pay taxes in Iceland. To receive 25 percent unemployment benefits, the applicant must have worked for three consecutive months on the Icelandic labor market. However, employees from states within the European Economic Area may transfer their rights from their home countries to receive full benefits at the end of three months. Those who have a temporary work permit, however, are not entitled to unemployment benefits.

General conditions for maternity benefits in Iceland are that the applicant must have held at least a 25 percent work position on the Icelandic labor market for six months before the birth of the child.

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