In the wake of an announcement made on 28 February by Reykjanesbær mayor Árni Sigfússon that the municipality will no longer be accepting asylum seekers as of April 1st, it has now been announced that asylum seekers will be accepted until the first of July.
The change of date was announced by the municipality in order to give more time to the government to determine where it would be best to house asylum seekers henceforth, RÚV reports.
Reykjanesbær currently houses approximately 150 asylum seekers and have announced that they will be capping the number of asylum seekers they’ll house at just 50. Previously all asylum seekers arriving in Iceland have been housed at the Fit Hostel in Reykjanesbær while waiting for their applications to be processed. This sometimes has taken upward of a year.
Reykjanes Will Not Continue To Accept Asylum Seekers