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Foreign Citizens Continue to Move to Iceland

Almost exactly as many foreign citizens have moved to Iceland as away from the country so far this year. According to the Directorate of Labor, the reason for the steady stream of immigrants is continued demand for labor in the service sector.


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The Association of Sociologists in Iceland held a symposium on the development and position of employment affairs on Thursday where migration statistics were up for discussion, reports.

Karl Sigurðsson, manager of the information technology and research division of the Directorate of Labor, who spoke at the symposium, said he finds it notable how many foreign citizens have moved to the country.

“In the three years since the banking collapse foreigners have continued moving to the country in considerably high numbers, 2,000-3,000 people […], and so the number of foreigners living in Iceland hasn’t decreased much,” Karl said.

According to numbers from Statistics Iceland, almost twice as many foreign citizens moved away from Iceland than to the country in 2009.

However, the development slowed last year when 3,000 foreign citizens immigrated to Iceland as opposed to 3,500 who emigrated. This year the numbers are almost the same.

“In some cases people come here to be reunited with their families and there has also been considerable demand for people in various jobs within the service sector,” Karl said.

Click here to read about the overall migration statistics for Iceland.


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