Iceland has a resettlement quota of 25 to 30 refugees every year. Any decision regarding the number of quota refugees is made by the government in co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Ministry of Social Affairs, through the Icelandic Refugee Council, is responsible for the selection, admission and integration of refugees in Iceland. The selection process is implemented through selection missions to the countries of asylum by an Icelandic delegation.
Eligibility Criteria: Refugees are eligible for resettlement in Iceland if they are recognised by UNHCR under its mandate and fall into one of the following categories:
Immediate or long-term threat of forced repatriation or expulsion.
Threat of arbitrary arrest, detention or imprisonment.
Threat to human rights or physical integrity/safety, analogous to that considered under the refugee definition and rendering asylum untenable.
Women at Risk: women facing serious physical and /or psychological threats (rape, sexual harassment, violence, exploitation, torture, etc…) lacking the traditional protection of their families or communities.