February 4, 2011 


We Got It!

CIRRA receives a grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers


CIRRA received great news today when it was notified about having received a generous grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers. The grant is awarded for a research called: Labor migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in the Nordic countries: Patterns of migration, working conditions and recruitment practices.

The research is an international cooperation, supervised by Fafo - Institute for Labour and Social Research - in Oslo. Other participants are FAOS - Employment Relations Research Centre in Copenhagen Denmark, SOFI - Swedish Institute for Social Research in Stockholm Sweden and CMR - Centre of Migration Research in Warsaw Poland.

The project's aim is to generate new comparative knowledge about labour migration from Central and Eastern Europe to the Nordic countries, the factors that shape working conditions and working environment for labour migrants in the different countries, including the extent and nature of social dumping, and in particular the role of recruitment agencies in the introduction of labour migrants to the Nordic labour market. By analysing how the different systems of labour market regulation and collective bargaining as well as structural and economic differences between countries and industries affect the labour market situation of labour migrants, the project aims to develop new knowledge which can be used to combine the promotion of sound labour migration with labour market equality, and the sustainability of the Nordic welfare model in a context of increasing globalisation. Participants are scheduled to meet in Oslo in May to make further plans and organize the project.




January 11, 2011

Your rights - Important information for foreign women in Iceland

The Centre for Gender Equality has published a pamphlet for foreign women in Iceland and others who are interested in learning about gender equality in Iceland, rights and obligations.

The pamphlet is printed in 7 languages: Icelandic, English, Spanish, Thai, Russian and Arabic and has useful information regarding the Icelandic Justice system and the Icelandic community. The information includes sections on equal rights and status of the genders, residence permits, divorces, custody issues, issues regarding right of access, finance, violence in intimate relationships and threats. It also contains references to further information for help, for instance addresses, telephone numbers and websites of several institutions and organizations.

The pamphlet is sponsored by the Progress programme of the European Union and the text is prepared by Stígamót in co-operation with the Centre for Gender Equality, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security, the Directorate of Immigration, Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network, the police department in the capital area, the Women's Shelter and the Multicultural and information Centre.

The pamphlet is printed in and available on the website of Center for Gender Equality


Réttur þinn - Your rights (enska) 

Réttur þinn - Twoje prowa (polish)
Réttur þinn - Tus derechos (spanish)
Réttur þinn - สิทธิของคุณ (thai)
Réttur þinn - Ваше право (russian)
Réttur þinn - حقوقك (arabic)


January 6, 2011


First immigrant to be elected the athlete of the year

January 5, marks a wateshed in Icelandic sport history when handballplayer Alexander Petersson was elected the athlete of the year 2010, the first immigrant ever to receive the title. Mr. Petersson who is born in Latvia has been an Icelandic citizen since 2004 and has played over 100 hundred games with the national team.  „The iron-man Alexander" said web media,   „has won the hearts and the minds of the Icelandic nation in recent years with his unselfish and enthusiastic play. He is key to the national team and was, as always, fantastic at the European Championship.  Alexander also sets a great example. He is humble,  hard working professional who lets the actions speak and is ready to fight for his playmates."


September 9, 2010

Survey on Poles finished

CIRRA recently finished interviewing 480 Poles who live in the Reykjavík metropolitan area. The interviews are the core of an international research - Mobility and Migrations at the Time of Transformation - Methodological Challenges  - which CIRRA is working with the research institute Fafo in Oslo and under the supervision of the University of Warsaw.  The first interviews were conducted at the end of May and the last ones were taken at the beginning of August.  As already mentioned (See news June 7th) the research applied a methodology called Respondent Driven Sample (RDS) which is a form of a "snowballing" method.  Subjects were paid for participation and could provide two other participants and received an extra payment for that. All the interviews were conducted at CIRRA'S facilities and participants had to make an appointment in advance.  The survey was slow in starting but once it picked up it went fast reaching as many as 20 interviews a day at its peak. 

Keying of data is also finished. After cleaning of the data will be finished tremendous amount of work still lies ahead in analyzing and sorting out and writing up reports.


 June 7, 2010

Research on Polish migration to Iceland 

CIRRA has launched a research on Polish migration to Iceland. The research, Mobility and Migrations at the Time of Transformation - Methodological Challenge, received a generous grant from EEA Grants which are grants aimed at reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area. The project is an international collaboration between the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw and Fafo an Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo Norway.  The research focuses on statistics on international migration back and forth from Poland and also on statistics in the receiving countries. The aim is to find out whether the particular methodology used in the research reflects registration and official data on migration or if it will reveal something different. In order to collect data CIRRA will conduct a survey interviewing as many as 500 Poles, men and women 18 years and older, living in greater Reykjavík area. A great time has been spent up to date on preparation including several meetings in Warsaw.

The research approach used in order to select the sample under study is based upon a method called "Respondent Driven Sample" (RDS) which is a sort  of  a "snowball" method. In RDS a handful of subject are chosen and then they are asked to provide two other participants who are again asked to provide two and so on. The subjects are paid for their participation, i.e., for the interview and then also for each participant they provide.

The interviews take an hour on average and CIRRA has hired seven Poles to conduct them. Supervision of the interviews is in the hands of Anna Wojtynska a Ph.D., student at the anthropology department at the University of Iceland who has worked on the research from the beginning. CIRRA's chair Hallfríður Þórarinsdóttir is in charge of the research. Interviews are expected to be finished in late July early August. CIRRA plans to apply for further grants in order to analyze the data as the current grant does not cover but a part of that.

Coordination of the research is conducted by Paweł Kaczmarczyk who is an assistant professor in economics at The University of Warsaw. Further description of the research is to be found at: