In the wake of one the greatest challenges Europe is facing with millions of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, one country is taking matters into their own hands.
Thousands in Iceland responded on Facebook saying they’ll welcome Syrians into their own homes after their government capped refugee numbers at 50, The Independent reports.
On Sunday, Icelandic author, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir set up the Facebook group with an open letter to pressure the government to increase its intake of refugees.
By Tuesday morning, more than 11,000 families have offered their homes, food and clothes to the refugees, in a country with a population of around 330,000 inhabitants, The Independent reports.
“I think people have had enough of seeing news stories from the Mediterranean and refugee camps of dying people and they want something done now,” Bjorgvinsdottir told Icelandic public television RUV, Metro reports.
In the letter to the country’s minister of welfare, Bjorgvinsdottir urged the governmentRead More »from More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to house Syrian refugees