At their meeting today on 22 September in Brussels, the EU home affairs ministers decided to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU countries. Finland's share will be about 2,400 asylum seekers over the next two years. Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo represented Finland at the meeting.
- I am pleased that we reached agreement on relocating the 120,000 asylum seekers. We did not, however, reach agreement without voting. Finland abstained because, in our view, burden sharing issues should not be decided by qualified majority but they should be agreed on a voluntary basis.