News statement from UNHCR in the Nordics and Baltic Countries
The city of Reykjanesbær has offered a warm welcome to refugees.
Najmo was only 11 years old when she escaped a terrifying reality and a forced marriage in Somalia. Today she makes Social Media videos to empower girls around the world.
“It is crucial that Iceland continue to resettle refugees, as this is often the only durable solution for individuals who have fled because of persecution in their country of origin,” UNHCR’s regional representative for Northern Europe, Pia Prytz Phiri, said when she recently visited Iceland.
On 27 February 2017, Iceland signed a 3-year agreement with UNHCR including additional support to UNHCR of a minimum of 50 million Icelandic Kronur, an important milestone in the partnership between Iceland and UNHCR.
Iceland has increased its support to UNHCR’s response to the Syria crisis considerably, showing great solidarity with refugees and internally displaced people. The USD 2.4 million contribution is the highest ever to UNHCR by Iceland.
In Iran, Zahra Mesbah was always at the back of the queue. In Iceland, on the other hand, she can even drive a car.
Iceland contributes with US $51,000 to UNHCR to help Syrian refugees during severe winter conditions.