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    More than 50.000 Immigrants in Iceland

    Immigrants represented 14.1% of the population 1 January 2019, the highest proportion ever. The number of immigrants was 50.272, 38.1% were Polish citizens. The proportion of immigrants is considerably larger than last year, when it was 12.6% of the population. The number of second generation immigrants rose from 4.861 in 2018 to 5.263 in 2019.

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    In 2018, 247 persons were granted international protection in Iceland. This is the largest number of persons who have been granted international protection in one year. Of these, 78 persons had Iraqi citizenship and 28 Syrian. Asylum requests in 2018 decreased by a third from the previous year, from 1.068 to 731.
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    I would imagine a lot of this 14.1% of the population is made up of immigrants from other Nordic countries, or is that just wishful thinking?

    How easy and how common is it for non-Nordic immigrants to obtain Icelandic citizenship?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    I would imagine a lot of this 14.1% of the population is made up of immigrants from other Nordic countries, or is that just wishful thinking?

    How easy and how common is it for non-Nordic immigrants to obtain Icelandic citizenship?
    Last I checked, being a Swedish citizen didn't provide many (if any at all) benefits compared to being a citizen from any other EU country in terms of naturalization and immigration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    I would imagine a lot of this 14.1% of the population is made up of immigrants from other Nordic countries, or is that just wishful thinking?
    After further examination, I see that the five largest immigrant groups in Iceland as of 2014 was people from Poland, Lithuania, Philippines, Germany and Thailand, in descending order. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenschlag View Post
    Last I checked, being a Swedish citizen didn't provide many (if any at all) benefits compared to being a citizen from any other EU country in terms of naturalization and immigration.
    It seems that there is some benefit to being a Nordic citizen in regards to obtaining Icelandic citizenship. From Norden.org:

    The Directorate of Immigration accepts applications for Icelandic citizenship. The general condition for granting Icelandic citizenship is that the applicant must have lived in Iceland for seven years. However, nationals from the other Nordic countries are exempt from this, as they must only have had a registered address in Iceland for four years. The applicant must have stayed in this country continuously for the last few years before applying for citizenship. However, there is the possibility of exemption from the provision on continuous residence.

    Furthermore, the following conditions are set:

    - One cannot receive financial support from the municipality during the last three years.

    - The applicant cannot be sentenced or sentenced to imprisonment, either here in Norway or abroad, nor can he have an unresolved case in the criminal justice system where he or she is suspected or charged with criminal acts under Icelandic law. However, after a specified period it is possible to grant exemption from these terms.

    - As of the turn of the year 2008/09, the applicants must have passed an Icelandic test, which is organized by the Menntildiastofnun (which corresponds in part to the Directorate of Education). Exemptions may be granted in certain cases.

    - A separate application fee will be paid, and participation fee for the exam in Icelandic will also be paid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    It seems that there is some benefit to being a Nordic citizen in regards to obtaining Icelandic citizenship. From Norden.org:

    https://www.norden.org/no/info-norden/statsborgerskap
    It's something, anyway. I doubt it will entice anybody to move, but may make it easier for people to stay which are already in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenschlag View Post
    Last I checked, being a Swedish citizen didn't provide many (if any at all) benefits compared to being a citizen from any other EU country in terms of naturalization and immigration.

    It does. Scandinavians are treated as Icelanders, eg can straight move to Iceland, can start a business and acquire land whereas people from the European Union are allowed to come, work, and buy land, but have to obtain a kennitala (some sort of social security number) which you only get if you have a job and place to live in Iceland or enough money on the bank account to prove you will not need help from the government to survive here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    I would imagine a lot of this 14.1% of the population is made up of immigrants from other Nordic countries, or is that just wishful thinking?

    How easy and how common is it for non-Nordic immigrants to obtain Icelandic citizenship?

    There are some Danish people here, some Swedish, very very few Norwegians. They do by not come close to the number of Eastern European immigrants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blutwölfin View Post
    It does. Scandinavians are treated as Icelanders, eg can straight move to Iceland, can start a business and acquire land whereas people from the European Union are allowed to come, work, and buy land, but have to obtain a kennitala (some sort of social security number) which you only get if you have a job and place to live in Iceland or enough money on the bank account to prove you will not need help from the government to survive here.
    Not a lot of practical difference, though. You are not allowed to live off Icelandic welfare, so you need to have a job anyway (unless you are rich and can buy land).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenschlag View Post
    Not a lot of practical difference, though. You are not allowed to live off Icelandic welfare, so you need to have a job anyway (unless you are rich and can buy land).
    Yes, but as a Swede you can move to Iceland and look for a job here. As a European you first need to have a job to come.
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