People seeking international protection
The Icelandic Red Cross provides people seeking international protection with social support.
The aim of the program is to provide a platform to meet, connect and learn about Icelandic society.
The Red Cross offers Open Interview Hours for all asylum seekers weekly. The purpose is to create a forum for discussions on issues that are close to applicants' hearts, whether they concern social issues, e.g. living conditions and well-being, procedures or relationships with a family in the country of origin. During interview hours, interpreting services are offered by telephone so that everyone can express themselves freely. The service is provided on the basis of applicants and has been offered as close as possible to applicants accommodation. Four staff members provide social assistance, support and protection to applicants for international protection.
Open interview hours
The Red Cross offers Open Interview Hours for all asylum seekers, where you can get clothing cards and relevant information.
Open interview hours are as follows:
- Those who are seeking international protection can come every Monday to Thursday from 09:00 -11:30.
Those who have international protection (social security number) can come every Wednesday from 09:00 -11:30.
Location: Domus medica, Egilsgata 3
- Thursday 12:00-15:00 – Red Cross, Smiðjuvellir 8, Reykjanesbær. Bus stop: Fjölbrautarskóli (8-minute walk).
Social Activities for Asylum seekers
There are various events and numerous groups that meet every week, including a women's group and a youth group, and there's also an open house. In addition, both Icelandic and English are taught. The social work takes place in Árskógar, at Vitatorg and Smiðjuvellir Reykjanesbær. The program changes regularly, but you can find the schedule through this link:
Do you want to support people seeking asylum in Iceland?
We're looking for volunteers, 20 years and older, willing to participate in social support for asylum seekers.