Refugees due in Iceland this evening

strokkurA group of Palestinian refugees will land this evening at Iceland’s Keflavik Airport and be taken straight to the western town of Akranes. The group is made up of 29 women and children who had previously been living in the Al Waleed refugee camp in Iraq, Frettabladid reports.

The group’s arrival is in accordance with government policy on the reception of refugees, which states that Iceland should take 20 to 30 per year.

The refugees will move in to flats provided by the town of Akranes and the Akranes branch of the Icelandic Red Cross is reported to have furnished and decorated the flats and is also collecting clothes.

Three support families will be on hand to help each refugee family arriving in Akranes and one in Reykjavik. Their role will be to support the people in their new and strange environment.

The Icelandic system for the reception of refugees, featuring cooperation between the government, local governments and the Red Cross, has garnered a lot of attention at the United Nations. The UN is watching closely with a view to possibly imitating the system (especially the idea of support families) in other countries.

The Palestinian refugees are due to land at Keflavik late this evening.