A total of 154 asylum applications were lodged in Iceland from January 1st through August 31st in 2015. That is a 66% increase from 2014 when a 93 people applied in the first eight months of the year. It therefore seems that 2015 will be a record year in terms of asylum applications. In August this year, 49 people applied for asylum in Iceland. To put this in perspective, the same number of people applied in total during the three preceding months and in all of 2009 a total of 35 people applied.
Applicants come from a total of 32 states and one person is stateless. Albanians are the largest nationality, totalling at 51 applications or a third of all the applications. In light of the civil war in Syria it comes as no surprise that Syrians are the second largest nationality among the applicants. Eighteen Syrians have applied for asylum which amounts to 12% of all applications.