HANS DAWKINS/AFP/Getty Images Icelanders have said they will not accept refugees fleeing war in Syria.
The Icelandic Parliament voted in favour of a bill on Friday that would allow for the resettlement of refugees from the Middle East, and it passed by a vote of 55 to 35.
In a written statement, the Icelandic government said that its country had welcomed a total of 1,077 refugees since the start of the year, and that it was not considering any of them for resettlement.
The bill, which was signed by the Prime Minister, says that Icelanders would not accept any refugee without their full consent.
“We have accepted approximately 6,000 refugees, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, in recent months, but we do not plan to accept any more.
The government has taken the decision that we will not allow anyone to enter the country who has been convicted of a terrorist offence, committed a crime that could lead to the death penalty, or committed crimes against humanity,” the statement said.
It added that Iceland had been “actively recruiting, training and supporting refugee groups”.
Iceland has seen an increase in refugees since March, when it was first set to accept them.