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Reception services to be streamlined in line with Government Programme

Ministry of the Interior
Publication date 10.7.2024 12.15
Press release

The Ministry of the Interior has set up a project to identify and prepare the amendments to the Act on the Reception of Persons Applying for International Protection and on the Identification of and Assistance to Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings (Reception Act) that are required by the Government Programme and the new directive laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection (Reception Conditions Directive). The government proposal is scheduled to be submitted to Parliament during the 2025 autumn session.

“The Government Programme’s objective is an asylum policy that will allocate assistance to the most vulnerable people and prevent abuses. Finland will tighten its asylum policy to bring it in line with the general level of Nordic countries,” says Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen.

In accordance with the Government Programme, the aim is to improve the efficiency of reception services by utilising the scope of the Reception Conditions Directive and the best practices of other EU countries. The new Reception Conditions Directive, which entered into force at the beginning of summer 2024, will be implemented during the project.

Number of subsequent applications to be restricted

The aim of the legislative reform is to prevent misuse by limiting the provision of reception services to, for example, persons who have submitted several subsequent applications after they have received a negative asylum decision. The means provided by the new Reception Conditions Directive will be taken into account when restricting the use of these services.  

An amendment to reduce the reception allowance and the spending allowance granted to persons entitled to reception services will enter into force at the beginning of August. The amendment will be in force temporarily until the end of 2025.

The new reform of the Reception Act aims to reduce the amount of the reception allowance permanently to the minimum permitted by the Constitution and the Reception Conditions Directive. The reception allowance is intended as a short-term benefit for applicants for international protection who are in need of support and cannot earn a living through gainful employment or other income. The reform also seeks to achieve savings for balancing general government finances.

In addition, the system of representatives for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers will be reformed. The aim is to clarify the role of the representative as the child’s guardian.

The amendments are scheduled to enter into force at the beginning of 2026. 

Tiina Järvinen, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 295 488 625, [email protected]
Sanna Töykkälä, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 295 488 334, [email protected]

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