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Emigration to Iceland continued to grow in 2018
Inês Vidigal
There were 332 Portuguese who entered Iceland in 2018, according to Statistics Iceland data. That Icelandic agency accounted for a total of 11,537 entries of foreigners in the country, with the Portuguese representing 2.9% of immigration in that year. +

For the eighth consecutive year, the number of Portuguese arriving in Iceland increased, which in 2018 registered the highest value of the last 12 years. Between 2000 and 2018, the number of Portuguese entering Iceland registered its minimum in 2002 (seven entries) and its maximum in 2004 (520 entries). Portuguese emigration to Iceland started abruptly in 2004, representing in that year more than one fifth of the foreigners' arrivals into the country. Since then, the variations in the volume of immigration in that country have accompanied the variations in the Icelandic economy: higher entries in the years of the economic and financial boom in the beginning of the century, retraction with the financial crisis of 2008 and recovery in line with the economic recovery initiated in 2011. In 2018, total immigration to Iceland decreased for the first time since 2011, a trend that was not followed in the case of the Portuguese, which grew 23%.





Cite as Vidigal, Inês (2019), “Emigration to Iceland continued to grow in 2018”, Observatório da Emigração


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