Immigrants were on average 19.2% of the total number of employed in Iceland in the first quarter of 2019, according to newly-released data from Statistics Iceland. The number of employed immigrants between 16 and 74 years of age was 36,844, of 192,232 total individuals employed. Though immigrants accounted for nearly one fifth of the labour market in the first quarter of 2019, they account for only 12.7% of the population.
Since the first quarter of 2013, the proportion of immigrants among those employed has grown in all regions of the country. The ratio was highest in the Southwest and the Westfjords in the first quarter of this year, while it was lowest in the Northwest.
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The data is part of a new publication of register based on information on those employed in the Icelandic labour market. Statistics Iceland categorises employees not born in Iceland and whose parents and grandparents are not born in Iceland as immigrants. Others are considered to have an Icelandic background.