The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Multicultural Information Centre (MCC) recently started cooperation to support local integration actors, such as municipalities, with relevant tools and skills to build holistic integration initiatives.
Reykjanesbær, one of Iceland’s municipalities has, together with four other municipalities in Iceland, implemented a new, coordinated approach to refugee reception and integration, aimed at ensuring a quicker and better inclusion of refugees into their new community.
“The program is still work in progress, but it’s all about making sure that people integrate, that they get the services and help they need, and that we follow up. The first step is to make the refugees feel secure, by assisting them in finding a place to live and secure an income,” says Ásta Kristín Guðmundsdóttir, Teamleader at Reykjanesbær Refugee Coordination Center.
Refugees are helped to settle and rebuild their lives with Reykjanesbær’s new hands-on integration approach. Khalifa Mushib, his wife Ahlam and their three young daughters are one of the families that have settled in Reykjanesbær.
Read about the family and the new refugee program:
Iraqi family finds refuge and new beginnings in Iceland