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Slight increase in the number of Portuguese entries in Iceland in 2021
Inês Vidigal
There were 204 Portuguese who entered Iceland in 2021, according to Statistics Iceland data. That Icelandic agency accounted for a total of 8,547 entries of foreigners in the country, with the Portuguese representing 2.4% of immigration in that year. +

After two years of successive decrease in the number of Portuguese arrivals in Iceland, in 2021 the fall is interrupted, with the entry of 204 Portuguese, which corresponded to an increase of 27.5% compared to 2020. Between 2000 and 2020, 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 upturn initiated in 2011. 





Cite as Vidigal, Inês (2022), “Slight increase in the number of Portuguese entries in Iceland in 2021", Observatório da Emigração


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