From Iceland — About 13% Of Westfjords Residents Are Immigrants

About 13% Of Westfjords Residents Are Immigrants

Published November 12, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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The percentage of residents of foreign origin in the Westfjords is nearly double the national average, although most immigrants live in the capital area.

Westfjords news source Bæjarins Bestu reports that, according to figures from Statistics Iceland, there were 27,447 registered immigrants in Iceland, comprising 8.4% of the population. If the children of immigrants are counted with the immigrant population, this figure goes up to 9.5%.

This marks an 8.1% increase in immigrants in Iceland from the year previous. The largest ethnic minority in Iceland remains the Polish, who number 10,141 people, or 36.9% of Iceland’s total immigration population.

Not all immigrants live in Reykjavík, but most of them do live either in or around the capital. 66.8% of immigrants in Iceland live in the greater Reykjavík area, and it remains the region with the largest immigrant population.

However, the greatest percentage of immigrants in Iceland can be found in the Westfjords, where they comprise 13.2% of the total population. This is followed by Suðurnes, where they comprise almost the same percentage, at 13.1%. The region with the lowest percentage of immigrants is West North Iceland, which lies between Siglufjörður and the eastern base of the Westfjords, where they comprise only 4.5% of the population.

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