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The New Settlers of Iceland

Words by
Jóhann Páll Ástvaldsson

Photography by
Golli

Resettlement refers to refugees transferred from an asylum country to a state that has agreed to receive them and grant a permanent settlement. The first group of refugees to arrive as part of the resettlement program were 52 individuals from Hungary in 1956. Since then, individuals have come from states that were part of the former Yugoslavia. Groups have arrived from Colombia as well, while in recent times, Iceland has received groups of Syrian refugees, as 56 individuals arrived in 2016 while 47 did so in 2017. The Icelandic state did not receive more than ten resettlement refugees in the years following the financial crash of 2008, as it slowed down its acceptance rate dramatically. However, the state has indicated that it will start to receive more resettlement refugees in the coming years.
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Resettlement refers to refugees transferred from an asylum country to a state that has agreed to receive them and grant a permanent settlement. The first group of refugees to arrive as part of the resettlement program were 52 individuals from Hungary in 1956. Since then, individuals have come from states that were part of the former Yugoslavia. Groups have arrived from Colombia as well, while in recent times, Iceland has received groups of Syrian refugees, as 56 individuals arrived in 2016 while 47 did so in 2017. The Icelandic state did not receive more than ten resettlement refugees in the years following the financial crash of 2008, as it slowed down its acceptance rate dramatically. However, the state has indicated that it will start to receive more resettlement refugees in the coming years.
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