Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Finland to Require Asylum Seekers Work for Free; Will Send Back Refugees Not Qualified for Asylum

Determined to tighten its immigration policy, Finland's government said yesterday it will require asylum seekers to work for free and to acknowledge a "national curriculum" on Finnish culture and society, the Reuters website reports today (December 9, 2015).

It will also regularly reassess conditions in the asylum seekers' home countries twice a year, and if necessary, cancel residence permits accordingly.

"The new set of measures will tighten our practices and erase possible attractiveness factors," Prime Minister Juha Sipila said.

About 32,000 asylum seekers have come to the Nordic country this year, compared to just 3,600 last year, as refugees and migrants pour into Europe to flee war and poverty. The government said it will speed up the return of migrants who don't qualify for asylum, estimating around two-thirds will be rejected.

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