Immigrants Cross 25,000 Mark - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Immigrants Cross 25,000 Mark

Published September 25, 2012

There are now over 25,000 immigrants in Iceland, although they still comprise roughly the same percentage of the total population as they have for at least the past five years.
Statistics Iceland reports that the total number of foreign-born residents in Iceland is now 25,442, or about 8% of the total population. This percentage has been roughly the same since 2007.
When second-generation immigrants – those born in Iceland, with both parents foreign-born – are factored in, the total percentage comes to 8.9%. Icelanders of “foreign background” – where only one of the parents is an Icelander – now comprise 6.2% of the population.
Poles continue to be the largest immigrant group in Iceland, at 9,228, or 36.3% of all immigrants. This is followed by Lithuanians (5.6% of immigrants) and Filipinos (5.4% of immigrants).
Across the country, while the largest number of immigrants live in the capital area, the highest proportion of immigrants live in the Westfjords and in Suðurnes, at 13.4% and 12.4% of the total population, respectively.

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