The Multicultural Information Centre (MCC) estimates that accommodation is currently available to house up to 1,815 refugees from Ukraine, Vísir reports.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, housing has been offered by the public, hotels and, notably, Bifröst University. MCC director Nichole Leigh Mosty said the centre has received 363 accommodation offers from 51 municipalities, with the vast majority in the capital area.
In the first week after MCC invited people to register available accommodation, the centre received 100 offers per day, with many individuals offering available rooms in their homes. That figure has since slowed to less than 100 offers per week and trended toward full apartments.
“The municipalities are working hard to map services and work with us,” Nichole told Vísir. “Now an interim solution is being launched where people get housing from three weeks to three months. As a result, more sustainable measures will be considered that better take into account the needs of each and every family.”
More than 500 Ukrainian refugees have arrived
An average of 18 Ukrainian nationals apply for international protection in Iceland daily, with 124 individuals arriving in the past week. A total of 508 Ukrainian citizens have applied for international protection in Iceland since Feb. 24, and a report from the National Commissioner of Police estimates another 496 individuals will apply for protection over the next four weeks.