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Migration Patterns in Iceland Reversed

According to Vífill Karlsson, a lecturer at the University of Akureyri, northeast Iceland, people have stopped moving from towns and villages in countryside Iceland to the capital region, and in some areas migration patterns have now reversed.

“Persistent migration from the countryside to the capital region is decreasing in all regions,” Karlsson told Morgunbladid.

“In the three regions that are closest to the capital region, migration has reversed. In two of them, in south Iceland and on Reykjanes [peninsula], this development started taking place four years ago,” Karlsson added.

Last year, inhabitants increased in all of the country’s regions except east Iceland. There, the number of inhabitants dropped because foreign laborers left after the construction of Kárahnjúkar dam and Reydarfjördur aluminum smelter had been completed.

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