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Based on a report made by the Finnish Immigration Service, decisions on asylum applications largely meet the criteria laid down in the law. Deficiencies in the quality of interpretation of asylum interviews and processing of asylum applications were, however, detected. It is likely that the number of deficiencies became bigger than normal following a sudden tenfold increase in asylum seekers in 2015 and a need to quickly increase the amount of human resources required for the process.
Refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes are often found without paperwork, posing problems for them and for legal authorities in proving their very existence.
Without paperwork, it's impossible to prove your date of birth, open a bank account, access government services, and even get a legal job. Blockchain technology offers an interesting solution here - being able to track an identity on a ledger via a unique, immutable and independently verified record provides new opportunities to tackle this problem.
Helsinki – Many health and social workers struggle to identify victims of trafficking, surveys show. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) office in Finland released practical guidelines for the identification and referral of trafficking victims on Tuesday (23/01).
Upon publication, the new guidelines received praise from the country’s Minister of the Interior, Paula Risikko, who said these guidelines should be included in the curricula used to educate nurses, doctors, police officers, border guards and social workers.
Ali Ihsan became a Finnish Red Cross volunteer when he was still living at the reception centre. Helping has become an important part of his life.
When Ali Ihsan came to Finland as an asylum seeker, he was impressed by the Finnish Red Cross volunteers he saw working at the reception centre.
– These people, with their work and families, came there to help us without pay. It was amazing, describes Ihsan, 29.
The autumn of 2015 was a challenging time for the Red Cross workers and volunteers. Emergency accommodations for asylum seekers had to be established at a few hours’ notice, and there could be as many as three reception units set up in one day. How does the Finnish Red Cross assess the past two years?
Finland’s migration report to OECD provides an overview of migration 2016–2017
A new national migration report — International Migration 2016–2017, Report for Finland — has been published and submitted to the OECD. The report provides a concise summary of migration policy guidelines, key legislative amendments and up-to-date statistics.
The new migration report provides a comprehensive overview of how migration policy and the migration situation have evolved in Finland in 2016–2017.
A total of 11,581 Finns and 41 organisations are petitioning the Finnish Government to raise its refugee quota. The petition was submitted to Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko on Wednesday, 16 August.
“I would like to thank everyone who signed the petition for their support. This support is needed not only here, but especially in refugee camps, where the need for aid is now greater than ever before,” said Minister of the Interior Risikko.
By Jonathan Fowler
HELSINKI, 3 October 2016 – The Finnish arm of an international grouping working to ward off biological and health threats such as Ebola and the Zika virus has won a pan-European award that recognises innovative approaches to reducing disaster risk.
The Finnish Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) team received the Damir Čemerin Award at the opening in Helsinki of the three-day European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Greece - IOM helped two groups of asylum seekers to leave Greece for Finland this week under the European Union (EU)’s ongoing relocation programme. Of the 82 people relocated, 11 were unaccompanied children.
On Monday (29/08), 42 people were relocated from Greece to Finland. The group comprised 36 Syrians, six stateless individuals and one unaccompanied child. Today, a group of 38 Syrians, one Iraqi and one Eritrean are traveling from Athens to Helsinki. There are 10 unaccompanied children among them.
The European Commission has granted Finland EUR 8 million in emergency funding for the reception of asylum seekers between 1 September 2015 and 31 January 2016. This assistance is allocated for the Tornio registration centre and eight reception centres in Lapland.
Finland applied for emergency funding under the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) in October. These resources are used to cover financial needs that could not be incorporated in national funding and, thus, to respond to the cost pressures created by the migration situation.
9 December 2015 – On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Finland's membership to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the country on its leadership in advancing the Organization's work on peace and security, development and human rights, and expressed his gratitude for the country's solidarity with refugees in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday 18 September, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo held a press conference on the migration pressures on Finland. The Government will monitor the situation closely, and the authorities have increased preparedness in Northern Finland. Pressures have built up significantly in the Tornio region, in particular.
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