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No policy on immigration issues in Iceland says university professor

At a recent lecture at the Reykjavík Academia, associate professor in Political Science at the University of Iceland, Eiríkur Bergmann Einarsson, called the government’s and political parties’ lack of immigration policies “terrifying”. In an article in Fréttabladid from last Monday, Eiríksson is quoted saying that a multi-cultural society has developed in Iceland, and that there is a risk that immigrants will become isolated in ghettos. He points out that half of the children in day care centers in the Breidholt area are immigrants.

When leaving his post as the director of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration to become director of the Icelandic Coast Guard, last year, Georg Lárusson, endorsed this view. According to Morgunbladid, during his 5 year stint as the director of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration, Lárusson had the mandate to follow the government’s policy on immigration issues. Lárusson said that no such policy existed, instead the government relied on “God and Lady Luck.”

Figures from Statistics Iceland show that in 2005 almost 5% of the Icelandic population were foreign citizens – almost triple the number from 1995. This means that just under 14,000 foreign citizens are currently living in Iceland with another 5,000 who have received Icelandic citizenship in the last 20 years.

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