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Thousands Of Icelanders Are Calling On Their Government To Accept More Syrian Refugees

"We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs. I would of course pay for the airplane ticket," one single mom wrote.

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Thousands of residents of Iceland are calling on their leaders to accept more Syrian refugees after the government said it would only accept 50 people.

More than 11,000 people have marked "attending" to an event by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir that is encouraging Icelandic citizens to push for more refugees to be allowed.

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On the event, Bjorgvinsdotti encourages her fellow citizens to write to Iceland's Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing to call for the government to "do better" when it comes to refugees.

"Refugees are human resources, experience and skills," she wrote, according to a translation. "Refugees (could be) our future spouses, best girlfriends, the next soulmate, drummer for the band of our children, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022..."

Her rallying cry got an overwhelming response. Many people wrote that they would be willing to open up their own homes to one or more Syrian refugees.

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"I'm a single mother with a 6-year-old son," one woman wrote, according to The Telegraph. "We can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs. I would of course pay for the airplane ticket."

As the cries grew louder, the country's prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, announced he would appoint a team of officials to look into the issue.

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“It has been our goal in international politics to be of help in as many areas as possible and this is one of the areas where the need is most right now,” he told the Iceland Review Online.

Gunnlaugsson added that he didn't think it was realistic to accept 5,000 refugees, as some on the Facebook page had called for, but he said it was clear that this was an issue that was important to Icelanders.

"I believe there is solidarity on that we should do more to respond to the problem, we just have to find out the best way to do it," he said.

More than 4 million Syrians have fled their home country to escape its civil war since the conflict began, according to the U.N. Another 7.6 million people are displaced in their own country.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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