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Finland can now seek help from the EU Asylum Agency to fight illegal immigration

The Finnish authorities have announced their intention to introduce the new provisions of the Aliens Act and the Personal Data Act of the Immigration Administration which will allow Finnish citizens to use the support of the the European Union for Asylum (EUAA) as easily as possible in a situation of large- scale immigration.

The Finnish government introduced tougher laws on Thursday, September 8, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

According to the statement released by the Finnish Interior Ministry, the new changes are expected to come into force on September 15.

“EUAA may be invited to send support groups to Finland, consisting of officials from other EU countries and EUAA staff. A decision on the filing of a possible request will be taken at the general meeting of the Government. The Finnish Immigration Service is preparing an action plan with the EUAA Director General and acting as a national contact point for support groups,” read the statement.

In January this year, the EUAA replaced the former European Asylum Support Office (EASO), following the new EU regulation that came into force. These regulations are directly applicable to Finnish legislation.

The Aliens Act, as well as the Immigration Authority Personal Data Act, are amended so that members of support groups are eligible to participate in the asylum investigation and also have access to the information necessary for it.

With regard to large-scale immigration, this is a situation where reception centers for asylum seekers with additional accommodation are filling up while capacity needs to be expanded after immigrants from other countries are continually arriving in this country.

“Large-scale immigration can also be organized by a foreign state, in which case it is an instrumentalization of migration. The solution to such political pressures lies mainly in diplomacy. However, it also requires clear legislation and sufficient powers for authorities to act preventively and effectively in situations of disruption,” read the statement.

New amendments to the Border Guard Act that came into force in July aimed to improve preparedness for disruptive situations. For example, the reception of asylum applications can be concentrated at specific border crossing points if this is necessary to combat serious threats to public order, national security or public health.

The proposal to introduce the border procedure, devised by the Ministry of the Interior, is currently being considered by the Finnish parliament.