About 33% of respondents to a recent poll characterized the increase in foreign-born residents in Iceland as a big problem
The nation-wide poll was undertaken by daily newspaper Fréttabladid.
Forty three percent of respondents said they find increasing immigration a “small problem,” and the remaining 23.6 percent do not perceive it as a problem at all.
The poll also revealed that about 70 percent of Icelanders would like to see increased restrictions on the granting of residence permits.
Political scientist Birgir Hermannsson told Fréttabladid that since immigration has steadily increased in recent years in Iceland, people might worry about increase in crime.
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