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16 Nov 2015 description

The Valletta Summit agreed about the establishment of an EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa at the Valletta Summit on Thursday.

The Trust Fund aims to address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and conflicts in Africa. It will also be used to support the Action Plan to be adopted at the Summit.

12 Nov 2015 description

Finland will contribute EUR 300,000 in 2015–2017 to the Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), implemented by the UN Children's Fund UNICEF and the UN Population Fund UNFPA. The joint programme aims to prevent the practice of cutting girls' and women's genitalia.

11 Nov 2015 description

The number of asylum seekers coming to Finland is on the rise again. Following a temporary reduction in the numbers in October, 776 asylum seekers were registered over the last weekend of late October and early November. Last week's statistics show that most of them came from Afghanistan, Iraqis being now the second largest nationality. The change reflects the situation in Europe – the number of Afghan asylum seekers has increased.

10 Nov 2015 description

Helsinki, 10 November 2015

This is my first official visit to Finland as the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and I am delighted to have been received so warmly by Minister [for Foreign Trade and Development] Lenita Toivakka this morning.

The Minister and I have had a fruitful meeting and in the course of the day I will meet other Government officials as well as key humanitarian NGOs, and have an opportunity to address the Government’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

03 Nov 2015 description

The Ministry of the Interior has set up a project to review the requirements for issuing residence permits on the basis of international protection. The decision on setting up the project was made by the ministerial working group on migration. The aim is to bring the Finnish legislation in line with the general requirements laid down in EU legislation.

30 Oct 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • About 100 refugees to be sent next week to France, Spain

  • So far 86 refugees have been sent to Sweden, Finland

  • Italy housing roughly 100,000 in immigration centres

  • About 140,000 have entered Italy by boat so far this year

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Italy will send 100 refugees to France and Spain next week as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states, the country's top immigration official said on Friday.

26 Oct 2015 description


  • Greece witnessed over 62,000 refugees and migrants arriving by sea, the highest weekly arrival figure so far. Over half a million persons arrived in Greece this year, with more than 50% arriving since September and around 300,000 on the island of Lesvos alone. The situation on Lesvos remains critical.

  • The closure of Hungary’s green border with Croatia on 17 October, led to a redirection of the population movement from Croatia to Slovenia.

22 Oct 2015 description

Italy - On Wednesday, 21 October, an IOM charter flight left Rome’s Ciampino Airport for Finland and Sweden. On board were 68 asylum seekers – 19 from Syria and 49 from Eritrea.

Members of IOM’s team in Rome accompanied the asylum seekers on the flight and monitored the disembarkation of the Eritreans in Finland. The 19 Syrians then disembarked in Sweden. IOM also monitored their transfer from Villa Sikania, a relocation centre in Sicily, to a reception centre in Rome, where they were processed.

22 Oct 2015 description

In its autumn distribution of humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 4.2 million euros to the work of international organisations for the crises in Yemen and the Central African Republic. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka decided about the matter on 21 October.

12 Oct 2015 description

Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre

Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang

L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed

Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis

The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.

02 Oct 2015 description

Helsinki, Finland | AFP | Friday 10/2/2015 - 12:22 GMT | 252 words

Finland on Friday updated its estimate of asylum seekers arriving in 2015 from 30,000 to 50,000 -- which would be nearly 14 times as many as last year.

"The new estimate is that altogether around 50,000 asylum seekers would come to Finland this year," the interior ministry said in a statement.

Finland has seen an unprecedented influx of migrants in recent months as part of the huge wave of people arriving in Europe from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

24 Sep 2015 description

The registration centre in Tornio is up and running. Finnish authorities have now managed to halt the uncontrolled flow of asylum seekers from Northern Finland to other parts of the country. All those registered in Tornio have been provided with accommodation. For those registered today, 200 people already have a reception place and the rest will be accommodated later during the day.

23 Sep 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT

by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael

EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.

Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.