Just As Many Foreigners Coming To Iceland As Leaving

Published November 21, 2011

Despite a slowly recovering economy that still has a ways to go, the number of foreigners moving to Iceland is about equal to the number leaving.
Experts at the Directorate of Labour have come to the conclusion that the growing demand for foreigners working in the service industries has had the effect that their numbers cancel out the amount of foreigners leaving. Karl Sigurðsson, the department director of the informational technology and research division of the Directorate of Labour, pointed to comparative data from Statistics Iceland to verify his claims.
“It’s quite remarkable to see how the movement of labour has been in this country,” he said. “Foreigners have been coming to this country in great numbers over the past three years since the economic crash, about 2,000 to 3,000, if I remember right. But the number of foreigners in the country have decreased very little over the past two years.”
In 2009, the story was quite different, as nearly twice as many foreigners left the country as moved to it, but that trend seems to have reversed itself in such a way as to flatten out the ratio. In the past year, about 3,000 foreigners moved out of the country, while 3,500 moved to it.
Karl said the numbers surprised him, as they had expected there would be greater numbers leaving, and fewer numbers moving in.



News
Association of Filmmakers Criticizes Shooting Fast 8 At Mývatn

Association of Filmmakers Criticizes Shooting Fast 8 At Mývatn

by

A few months ago, Fast & Furious announced that their eighth movie would be filmed in Iceland. Now the Association

News
“Summer Streets” Just Around The Corner

“Summer Streets” Just Around The Corner

by

A good portion of downtown will once again be closed to car traffic for the summer. An statement from the

News
Lawyer Going After Journalists, Social Media Activity

Lawyer Going After Journalists, Social Media Activity

by

A lawyer representing two men who were accused of rape is now setting his sights on journalists and people posting

News
Opposition Takes Hit, Ruling Coalition Gains Ground In New Poll

Opposition Takes Hit, Ruling Coalition Gains Ground In New Poll

by

The results of a new Gallup poll show the Independence Party surpassing the Pirates for the first time in over

News
President’s Wife Linked To More Offshore Companies

President’s Wife Linked To More Offshore Companies

by

New revelations have linked Dorrit Moussaieff to more offshore companies than was previously thought. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has denied

News
Tied With President, And Not Even Running Yet

Tied With President, And Not Even Running Yet

by

Despite not even announcing his candidacy, historian Guðni Th. Jóhann­es­son is tied with incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson in a new

Show Me More!