The West Iceland municipality of Stykkishólmur (pop. 1,193) wants to be more accessible for new residents, especially those of foreign origin, RÚV reports. The municipal authorities have appointed a task force that will work toward this goal, placing its focus on immigrants. The measures are aimed at the community as a whole, including businesses, social organisations, and municipal services.
“The women’s club, the Lions Club, the sports club,” are just a few examples of organisations that the task force will assist in making more open to new residents, Stykkishólmur mayor Jakob Björgvin Jakobsson stated. The proportion of immigrants in Stykkishólmur is close to the national average, or around 15% of all residents. Nearly one quarter of children in the municipality are bilingual or multilingual, or 23%.
According to Jakob, Stykkishólmur hopes to set up a procedure to help new residents adapt. That procedure would include subsidies for children to join local sports activities and meetings and interviews with other locals that could help new families adjust. “These are the procedures that we are implementing here in Stykkishólmur with the emphasis on multiculturalism.”