The Ministry of Social Affairs has invited the municipality of Garðabær, near Reykjavík, to receive ten LGBTQ refugees currently located in Kenya. RÚV reports the group is part of the 75 quota refugees the government has agreed to resettle in Iceland this year. The Directorate of Immigration has also requested to sign an agreement with Garðabær to offer services to 40-50 applicants for international protection.
The Ministry is requesting Garðabær receive the group of ten and provide them with rental housing and necessary services and assistance for a period of one year following their arrival to the country. The municipal council approved the project and appointed the mayor to prepare for the group’s reception.
Last year the municipality of Mosfellsbær, also near Reykjavík, received ten LGBTQ refugees from Uganda as part of the quota refugee program.