Fifty-two refugees will soon be resettled in Iceland, Vísir reports. Ten of the people arriving are LGBTQI+ individuals from Uganda, and 32 are Syrians and Iraqis traveling from refugee camps in Jordan. All total, there are 30 children and adolescents aged 1 – 24 years, and 22 adults.
Four families, or nineteen individuals, will be settled in the Fjarðabyggð municipality in East Iceland, while five families, or 23 individuals, will be sent to settle in the West Fjords. The remaining ten people will be settled in the southern town of Mosfellsbær, not far from Reykjavík.
Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, says that the refugees were expected later this month, but that there was some confusion about their arrival date, and so it isn’t certain that all of the refugees will arrive at the same time. Preparations for their arrival are, however, underway.
“People have been very positive about this, and the municipalities [where the refugees will be settled] applied to take part,” Ásmundur explained. “There is good collaboration between the government and the municipalities, along with the Red Cross, which is also assisting with preparations.”