UNHCR’s Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries has submitted considerations for setting up preparatory education for asylum-seekers and refugees in Iceland.

The UNHCR Global Education Strategy 2030 highlights the educational challenges faced by refugee children, with many not attending primary or secondary school, leading to negative impacts on their future careers and livelihoods. In Iceland, a surge in arrivals in 2022 strained reception capacity, prompting the government to plan preparatory education programs for compulsory education, providing language and cultural studies for all migrants, including forcibly displaced individuals.