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Number of Immigrants in Iceland up

By Iceland Review

The number of foreign citizens living in Iceland has increased between years for the first time since 2008. At the beginning of 2013, there were 21,446 foreign citizens living in Iceland, or 6.7 percent of the population, up by around 600 individuals since 2012.

intercultural_day_2013_02_zrPhoto: Zoë Robert/Iceland Review.

At the same time, there were 25,926 immigrants (this number includes persons with Icelandic citizenship but who were born abroad and whose parents were also born abroad) and 29,130 when their children born in Iceland are included, or 9.1 percent of the population.

According to a report from Fjölmenningarsetur, the Multicultural and Information Centre, there is an equal number of male and female immigrants. In 2008, there were 5,000 more male immigrants than female, reports.

Eight percent of children four years and under in Iceland are second generation immigrants. People of Polish origin are the largest immigrant group, making up three percent of the country’s population.

The highest proportion of immigrants can be found in the West Fjords and in Suðurnes, Southwest Iceland, followed by Reykjavík.

Click here for the full report (in Icelandic).


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