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Almost Half of Icelanders Think Enough Refugees Being Resettled in Iceland

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Almost Half of Icelanders Think Enough Refugees Being Resettled in Iceland

Syrian refugees at Bessastaðir.

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Just under half of Icelanders (44.9%) believe that the number of refugees granted asylum in Iceland is sufficient, mbl.is reports. This result was published in a new survey conducted by Media Marker Research (MMR), which also shows that 29.4% of Icelanders think that too few refugees are being granted asylum and 25.7% believe that there are too many asylum seekers being resettled in the country.

The Icelandic government agreed to accept 55 refugees in 2018. 52 asylum seekers were resettled here in the spring, ten of the whom were LGBTQI+ individuals from Uganda, and 32 were Syrians and Iraqis traveling from refugee camps in Jordan. They were resettled in East Iceland, the Westfjords, and the town of Mosfellsbær, not far from Reykjavík.

The same survey about Icelanders’ opinions on the refugee quota was conducted a year ago and since then, the number of people who believe that there are too many refugees being resettled in Iceland has increased by 2%, while the number of people who believe there are too few asylum applications being approved has gone down by 2%.

Young people and people with higher levels of education were shown to be more likely to think that there are too few refugees being resettled in Iceland. Support for asylum approvals was also gauged according to political party affiliation, and showed the highest levels of support for more refugees among the Social Democrats (55%), the Left-Greens (45%), the Pirates (52%), and the Reform Party (50%).

People who believe that there are enough refugees being granted asylum in Iceland were predominantly supporters of the Independence Party (55%) and the Progressive Party (56%). People who think there are too many refugees being accepted to Iceland were mostly supporters of the People’s Party (70%) and the Center Party (58%).

This survey was conducted from March 2 – 12, 2018 and had a total of 995 respondents aged 18 and over.

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