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Immigrants 8.1 Percent of Iceland’s Population

The latest data from Statistics Iceland shows that immigrants in Iceland numbered 25,926 on January 1, 2013, making up 8.1 percent of the total population.

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The number of children born to two immigrant parents (second generation immigrants) increased from 2,876 to 3,204 in 2013 and when added to the number of immigrants account for 9.1 percent of the total population.

The West Fjords has the highest proportion of immigrants and children to immigrant parents, 12.7 percent, and Northwest Iceland has the lowest proportion, 4.3 percent.

Immigrants from Poland made up the largest group of immigrants, 9,371, or 36.1 percent, followed by immigrants from Lithuania and the Philippines, who make up 5.5 and 5.4 percent of the total immigrant population.

A total of 413 individuals were granted Icelandic citizenship in 2012, compared to 370 in 2011, most of whom were of European origin.


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