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 Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir

The Telegraph reports:

“Ten thousand Icelanders have offered to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes, as part of a Facebook campaign launched by a prominent author after the government said it would take in only a handful.”

“After the Icelandic government announced last month that it would only accept 50 humanitarian refugees from Syria, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir encouraged fellow citizens to speak out in favour of those in need of asylum. In the space of 24 hours, 10,000 Icelanders – the country’s population is 300,000 – took to Facebook to offer up their homes and urge their government to do more.”

Fair play, in fairness.

10,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees after author’s call (The Telegraph)

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir

Pic: Icelandic Academy of Arts

25 thoughts on “Glacial Response

    1. munkifisht

      Might be a North Atlantic thing. In Gander, Newfoundland, 39 airplanes were forced to land for a few days on 9/11. The town only has 550 hotel beds, so the Newfies broke into action and the 10,000 population put the 6579 stranded passengers up in their homes and beds. Just seems to be how they roll. I guess, when you’re a tiny community with the potential of being cut off from the rest of the world with bad weather, you need to have a strong society and be able to rely on your neighbours.

      http://www.snopes.com/rumors/gander.asp

    1. Domestos

      I’ve posted up a facebook offer to allow twenty Syrians move into my gaff in order to impress her. Swoon – was that the best pic or the worst pic you could find, Bodger?

  1. Laughter Tack.

    I love Facebook “campaigns”.

    It’s so hard to click a thumb or whatever they do on Facebook.

    Facebook defeated sexism and Isis in one afternoon with digital thumbs alone.

    1. Owen

      Yep… 100%. Lost my believe at the words ‘facebook campaign’.

      “‘Like’ if you think we should do more and support Syrians relocation to Iceland”

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I see your previous search results there, T…

      “The Sacred Mound – a 7-year old boy’s first desire”.

      Bless.

  2. Bort

    What if it doesn’t work out and you want them to leave? Deport them from your house? Do you have to feed them? Are they police vetted? Will they record Neighbors while you’re at work?

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