Refugees

Quota Refugees in Iceland from 1956

Year of arrival From Numbers
1956 Hungary 52
1959 Yugoslavia 32
1979 Vietnam 34
1982 Poland 26
1990 Vietnam 30
1991 Vietnam 30
Total   204

From the foundation of The Refugee Council 1995 – The Refugee Committee since 2005

Year of arrival Municipalities Nationality Numbers
1996 Ísafjörður Former Yugoslavia 30
1997 Hornafjörður Former Yugoslavia 17
1998 Blönduós Former Yugoslavia 23
1999 Fjarðabyggð Former Yugoslavia 24 *
  Dalvík Former Yugoslavia 28 *
  Hafnarfjörður Former Yugoslavia 25 *
2000 Siglufjörður Former Yugoslavia 23
2001 Reykjanesbær Former Yugoslavia 23
2003 Akureyri Former Yugoslavia 24
2005 Reykjavík Former Yugoslavia 7
    Columbia 24
2007 Reykjavík Columbia 30
2008 Akranes Palistinians from Iraq 30
2010 Reykjavík Columbia 6
2012 Reykjavík Afghanistan 9
2014 Hafnarfjörður Afghanistan 6
2014 - 2015 Reykjavík

Zimbabwe, Uganda, Syria and Cameroon

5
2015

Reykjavík

Syria 13
2016

Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður and Akureyri

Syria 48
2017 Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður and Akureyri
Syria 40
Total:     441

* 1999, 31 went back to Kosovo.

As of 2007 the policy in Iceland is to welcome 25 to 30 quota refugees every year. With exception in the year 1999, the reason being the situation in Kosovo – 77 refugees arrived in the refugee program in Iceland that year. Any decision regarding the reception of quota refugees is made in co-operation with UNHCR.

A close co-operation is between the Ministry of Social Affairs/The Refugee Council, The Icelandic Red Cross  and the municipality which receives refugees each year. An agreement is made between the Ministry of Social Affairs and The Red Cross regarding preparation and assistance during the first year for the refugees. Another agreement is made between the Ministry of Social Affairs and the local authoritiy. The local authorities organize a comprehensive program for the refugees for one year, in cooperation with The Red Cross and The Refugee Committee.