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Government and authorities keep track of migration

Kuva: Jarkko Mikkonen / Suomen Punainen Risti

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), tens of millions of people have been forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict or persecution. Under international agreements, Finland and other EU countries are obliged to receive asylum seekers in need of international protection.

Since 2000, Finland has received 1,500–6,000 asylum seekers annually. In 2014, their number stood at 3,651. In 2015, there has been a sharp increase in the number, and it is expected to reach up to 30 000 - 35 000.

The Government is following the situation closely, and the authorities have increased their preparedness.

Government action plan on asylum policy, 8 December 2015

Refugees and asylum seekers - Ministry of the Interior
Integration of immigrants - Ministry of Employment and the Economy
The Finnish Immigration Service

Ministries' press releases on migration

Minister Terho to General Affairs Council
Press release 15.5.2017 11.08