Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has invited the 26 Syrian refugees, who were expected to arrive in the country today, to his residence at Bessastaðir this afternoon, RÚV reports.
The decision to invite the refugees to the presidential residence was made at noon. Until then, the plan was for the president to receive the newcomers at Keflavík International Airport, as has been done in the past, along with the minister of social affairs and equality, the mayor of Reykjavík and representatives of the Red Cross.
This is the third group of Syrian refugees to arrive in Iceland in about a year. The group includes 13 adults and 13 children, who come here from a refugee camp in Lebanon. The families will settle in Reykjavík, except for one, who is headed for Akureyri, North Iceland, according to mbl.is.
It has been noted that the decision to receive the refugees at Bessastaðir was made following …
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