Immigrants in Iceland were 27,447 1 January 2014, 8.4% of the population. The proportion of immigrants is slightly larger than last year, when it was 8.1% of the population. The number of second generation immigrants rose from 3,204 in 2013 to 3,532 in 2014. An immigrant is a person born abroad with two foreign born parents and four foreign born grandparents, whereas a second generation immigrant is born in Iceland having two immigrant parents. A person with foreign background has one parent of foreign origin.


Immigrants by country of birth
People born in Poland were by far the most numerous group of immigrants. In 2014, 10,141 immigrants or 36.9% of the total immigrant population were born in Poland. Other large immigrant groups were born in Lithuania (1,433) and in the Philippines (1,434).

Immigrants by region
On 1 January 2014, 66.8% first and second generation immigrants were living in the capital region. The highest proportion of immigrants is in the Westfjords where 13.2% of the population are first and second generation immigrants, while the lowest proportion is in the Northwest where only 4.5% of the population are immigrants or second generation immigrants.


597 persons acquired Icelandic citizenship in 2013
In 2013, 597 persons were granted Icelandic citizenship, compared with 413 in 2012. As in every year since 1992 more females than males were granted Icelandic citizenship in 2013. New Icelandic citizens were mostly of European origin.