Icelanders: A SECOND WAVE

Hard times have hit Iceland, as they did in 1875. And as they did in 1875, Icelanders are looking to Manitoba for a better life.


Recently, about 500 people attended a seminar in Reykjavik, put on by the Icelandic Directorate of Labour and the Canadian Embassy. The topic was on a recent agreement regarding work opportunities for Icelanders in Manitoba, and on temporary work permits and permanent-resident permits in Canada.


“I’ll take anything that’s on offer,” said Ragnheidur Gunnarsdottir, a single mother of three children, who has a degree in commerce. She last worked as a hair stylist, has been unemployed since last fall and hopes she will get a job in Manitoba. “I’m ready to go anytime,” she said.

From the Winnipeg Free Press


1 Response to “Icelanders: A SECOND WAVE”

  1. 1 Vilhjalm A. March 22, 2009 at 11:53 am

    “I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member.” – Groucho Marx
    If Winnipeg really wants Icelanders, maybe Icelanders don’t want to go there. It’s very cold – and very boring.

    From an internet travel site:
    Q: Why should I visit Winnipeg?
    A: Winnipeg is boring unless you are a boring person. Not much to do at all. I live here and would not recommend that you waste your money here.

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