The Icelandic Refugee Committee has decided to accept 30 refugees this summer from Colombia. The group will consist of women and children on behalf of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) project “Women at Risk.”
In 2005, Iceland received a similar group of refugees from Colombia. According to Árni Gunnarsson, head of the Refugee Committee, the refugees have adapted well into Icelandic culture, Fréttabladid reports.
“It is important to make use of the experience we have and is sensible to receive another group from this project instead of looking towards other countries,” Gunnarsson said.
Representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign Ministry and Iceland’s Red Cross have a seat on the Refugee Committee.
“Women at Risk” is an international UNHCR project that gives priority to female refugees and single mothers in need of refuge.