Iceland Struggles to Take in Surge of Venezuelan Refugees

Iceland Struggles to Take in Surge of Venezuelan Refugees

CARACAS – Hundreds of Venezuelans that have fled Bolivarian socialism have sought asylum in Iceland, seeking to start a new life in an entirely different country with major cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers.

While the sheer majority of the over six million Venezuelans that have left Venezuela over the past decade are currently living in neighboring countries such as Colombia, Peru, and Brazil, Iceland’s Directorate of Inmigration reported that, prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the majority of accepted asylum requests accepted by the Nordic nation came from Venezuelan nationals, with 361 Venezuelan applicants during 2021 and 265 as of April 2022.

The number of Venezuelan asylum seekers in Iceland began to increase in 2019, with 180 Venezuelan asylum seekers that year,

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