In 2020, Iceland reported 654 registered asylum-seekers – a decrease compared to the two previous years – the majority from the Palestine territories, Iraq and Venezuela.
Iceland is covered by the UNHCR’s Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries, located in Stockholm, Sweden, which has been active in the region since 1985. The representation is responsible for Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.
For more information for refugees and asylum-seekers in the Nordic and Baltic Countries, go to this page.
The UN Refugee Agency’s work in the Nordic and Baltic countries focuses on supporting governments in implementing legal instruments related to asylum and statelessness and ensuring that all people of concern to UNHCR in the region enjoy access to their rights in these areas. UNHCR also focuses on raising awareness and mobilizing support for the organization’s global efforts to protect people forced to flee.
For information about our work in Iceland:
Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Iceland? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.
Visit the UNHCR Iceland website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.
For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.