Thirteen Syrians Granted Asylum In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Thirteen Syrians Granted Asylum In Iceland

Published August 9, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Preperations are underway to welcome 13 Syrian refugees who have been granted asylum in Iceland, reports Vísir.

The decision was announced by the Ministry of Welfare yesterday, and was made in conjunction with a UN agreement from May which stipulated that UN member states should offer asylum to refugees from the war-torn nation.

The refugees moving to Iceland consist of four families; 13 people in all, 6 of which are children.

Currently the families are stationed in Turkey and the Ministry of Welfare is working with local authorities in various counties across Iceland, as well as the Icelandic Red Cross, to accommodate them as much as possible.

The ongoing civil war in Syria has displaced at least 9 million people, most of which have sought shelter in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey or Iraq.

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