The Red Cross in Iceland has opened an aid station for refugees applying for international protection.
The aid center will be open to all, but has been created largely in response to the war in Ukraine. As such, the majority of refugees received there are expected to be Ukrainian.
Located in a former office building on Borgartún, the aid station will serve as temporary housing until better accommodation can be provided.
Discussion around establishing such a center has been going on since the middle of last month. Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, operations supervisor at the Red Cross, has said that everything has been done to avoid this situation, but unfortunately, it has not been possible so far to house incoming refugees at an adequate rate.
The aid center will be able to house one hundred people. It is hoped that refugees will only need to be housed there for several days before being moved into more permanent housing.
Since the start of the war, Iceland has received some 3,000 Ukrainian refugees.