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Finland to ‘Expel’ 20,000 Asylum Seekers


Finland has decided to expel 20,000 asylum seekers out of the 32,000 who sought refuge last year, according to the Interior Ministry Thursday.

“20,000 is the estimate we are working with at the moment, but the number of asylum seekers who decide to return voluntarily could change it”, Permanent Secretary Paivi Nerg told Reuters.

It is estimated that 62 percent of the migrants will receive a negative decision. Although those who got rejected will still be given an appeal period. The government has not stated how long it would be, though.

Nerg said that there would be two separate deportation centres. One for those who want to leave willingly and those who have been rejected. Another for those who want to object against the decisions. Every application will be evaluated properly.

She said amid the refugee crisis, immigration laws and border security have already been tightened.  Most of the asylum seekers last year are reportedly from Iraq.

“In previous years around 60 percent (of applicants) received a negative decision but now we have somewhat tightened our criteria for Iraqis, Afghans and Somalis,” she explained in a report by Express.

Around 40 percent of the asylum applications had been rejected last week, said Finnish Immigration Service, in a report filed by ShanghaiDaily.

Since October, around 2,951 people were estimated to have withdrawn their applications, according to the border guard. The reported data was just since October and it was not complete, according to a report by Yle Uutiset.

Finland and Russia are holding diplomatic discussions over the migrants entering via the Arctic region.  The inadvertent flow was noticed after Norway limited the number of refugees entering on its Arctic Region crossing into Russia in December.

Recently Sweden estimated that it would reject 80,000 asylum applications out of 1,63,000 received in 2015.

Europe has been battling the refugee crisis since it welcomed 1.1 million refugees last year. Aside from the refugee crisis itself, harassment cases purportedly perpetuated by refugees against citizens across nations have reportedly made the authorities toughen security and immigration laws.

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