Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir

A young Syrian girl is wrapped with a thermal blanket following a rescue operation on the island of Lesbos, in Greece.

Icelanders say they want to house Syrian refugees — but in Greece the government and residents are overwhelmed


Iceland’s government says it’s willing to accept 50 Syrian refugees during the next two years. But a Facebook event page has been created to challenge that policy and more than 10,000 Icelanders on the page have offered to take in Syrians on the run. Meanwhile, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving on the island is leaving government officials and residents overwhelmed.