In the first half of 2016 the Directorate of Immigration processed almost as many applications for protection as in the whole year of 2015. 53 individuals were granted asylum or other protection in Iceland, the largest nationality group being Iraqis (17). The largest nationality group among protection seekers so far this year are Albanians.
Applications for protection
274 persons from 42 countries applied for protection in Iceland in the first six months of 2016. During the same period last year 86 persons had applied for protection.
In the graphs below you can see the breakdown of protection seekers by nationality on the one hand and age and sex on the other. Most protection seekers came from Albania (69), Macedonia (35), Iraq (25), Syria (19) and Palestine (12). In total 43% of protection seekers came from the Balkan states. 75% of protection seekers were male (204) and 25% female (70). 81% of protection seekers were adults (222) and 19% children (52). Five applications for protection came from unaccompanied minors in the first half of the year. More information on the nationality, age and sex of protection seekers is available on the statistics site of the homepage.
Conclusion of cases
In the first half of 2016 310 asylum cases were concluded, this is almost as many as in the whole year of 2015 (323).
159 of the 310 applications for protection were examined in substance, 103 were concluded on the basis of the Dublin regulation, 14 applicants had already received protection in other countries and 34 protection seekers withdrew their applications.
Of the 159 applications that were examined in substance, 106 applicants were refused and 53 applicants were granted asylum or other protection. The largest group granted protection were Iraqis (17), Iranians (10), Syrians (9) and Afghans (5). The most common nationality of those refused protection were Albanians (60), Macedonians (21), Kosovars (4) and Serbs (4). More information on the conclusion of asylum cases by nationality is available on the statistics site of the homepage.
The average processing time of concluded cases in the second quarter of 2016 was 102 days. On average it took 99 days to conclude cases on the basis of the Dublin regulation and 104 days to conclude cases that were examined in substance. The average processing time of cases concluded in priority procedure was 25 days. There was no difference in the average processing time depending on whether a case was concluded with a refusal or a granting of protection.