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Slower Increase of Immigrants in Iceland

According to new data from Statistics Iceland, the year-over-year increase in foreign citizens residing in Iceland was 15.5 percent between 2006 and 2007. The increase is slowing down compared to the two preceding years.

Immigrants in Iceland increased by 29.5 percent between 2004 and 2005 and 34.7 percent between 2005 and 2006, Fréttabladid reports.

There were 21,434 foreign nationals in Iceland at the beginning of 2008, or 6.8 percent of the Icelandic population. That means one out of every 14 people residing in Iceland are non-citizens.

Poles are by far the largest minority in Iceland, there are more than 8,000 Polish citizens in the country. Lithuanians are the second largest minority group with about 1,300 individuals.

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