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Number of Immigrants Increases Significantly

The number of immigrants in Iceland continues to rise rapidly, Rúv reportsData from Statistics Iceland shows that there were 43,736 immigrants in Iceland in the start of this year, which amounts to 12.6% of the nation. It is an increase from last year, when immigrants comprised 10.6% of the nation.

The number of immigrants has steadily risen from 8.0% of the nation in 2012. Second generation immigrants have also increased from 4,473 in 2017 to 4,861 in 2018. Immigrants along with ssecond-generationimmigrants thus make up 13.9% of the Icelandic population, a historic high.

The largest group of immigrants are Polish, as there were 16,970 (38.8% of immigrants) individuals from Poland situated in Iceland on January 1st. The two next largest groups are Lithuanians (5.5%) and Filipinos (4.0%).

63.5% of all immigrants lived in the Reykjavík capital area. The ratio of immigrants in the total population was the highest in the Reykjanes peninsula, where 23.3% of the total population were either first or second generation immigrants.

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