1,270 immigrants are registered for unemployment benefits at the
Directorate of Labour, and it is believed that the percentage of
immigrants who are unemployed exceeds the national average of 5%. No precise figures are available because many immigrants who are out of work don’t register for unemployment benefits. Of the 11,000 to 13,000 immigrants currently on the labor market, those with a fair to excellent command of Icelandic are the most likely to keep or find work.