According to an Icelandic website, that nation's parliament is supporting an initial proposal to welcome 500 "refugees".
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Eygló Harðardóttir, minister for social affairs, says “we are one of the richest nations in the world and we can accept many more [refugees] than we have been accepting in the past.”
While thousands of Icelanders have shown their support for refugees by signing on to a Facebook event dubbed Kæra [Dear] Eygló Harðar, others have voiced concern about the cost of accepting refugees in large numbers. In the interview on Stöð 2, Eygló responded to concerns that accepting refugees would reduce public service in the country. (Lately, the public discussion in Iceland has focused on the poor financial condition of senior citizens and the disabled—groups who have a hard time making ends meet.)
On the contrary, she said that people who have come here as refugees in the past have contributed well to society by paying their taxes, and that future refugees would no doubt strengthen Icelandic society. When asked whether she had the support of her party in this matter, she said she had the support not only of her party, but also that of parliament.
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