A special reception center has just been opened up, where applicants for international protection can receive all the main services necessary in the first contact upon arrival in Iceland. It´s located on Egilsgata 3 in Reykjavík.
The reception center is a new service that is primarily aimed at the needs of the applicants. It brings together different institutions that all work together with the goal of servicing applicants in the best possible way and providing them with prompt and efficient services upon arrival.
In the reception center, the police will take care of the registration and identification of people, the Directorate of Immigration conducts reception interviews, prepares the first place of residence and in the case of applicants from Ukraine, the agency processes their applications on the same day. The health center conducts the first health inspection and the Multicultural Information Centre conducts a needs analysis in connection with permanent housing measures and also communicates with applicants who have received protection in temporary housing.
The reception center was formally opened by Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, minister of Social Affairs and Labor: “The opening of the reception center today is a big and important step in services for people fleeing. I have high hopes that the experience, knowledge, and cooperation of all these parties across the system, which are now under the same roof, will provide us with better and more powerful services for a group of people in a vulnerable position.”