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Finland: The number of asylum applications remained low and the number of subsequent applications fell in 2021

As countries in the Baltic region and Central Europe grapple with the migration crisis, Finland is experiencing a drop in asylum applications.

The latest press release issued by the Finnish Immigration Service reveals that the number of asylum applications fell by 20% in 2021, representing 2,545 asylum applications submitted in total, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The main nationalities to have submitted such requests for the year were Iraqis, Afghans and Somalis. A total of 1,383 new asylum applications were filed this year, 108 more than in 2020.

According to the Finnish Immigration Service, the decrease seen on asylum applications is the reduction in the number of subsequent applications, which represents an additional application lodged by asylum seekers after receiving the final decision, which passed from 1,934 in 2020 to 1,162 – marking a decline of 39%. decline.

“Currently, few asylum seekers arrive in Finland, although there are still reasons why refugees leave their country. Only a small proportion of refugees worldwide are able to move away from areas close to conflict zones,” noted Managing Director Jari Kähkönen.

The Finnish refugee quota in 2021 was 1,050 people, about 40 less than in 2020. In addition, a total of 891 asylum seekers arrived in Finland last year. Refugees generally settle in the country the year of their selection or the following year.

However, the situation in Belarus did not really affect the number of asylum applications, as one would expect, but around 40 asylum applications indicated using Belarus as a route.

Last year’s events in Afghanistan encouraged the Finnish government to offer residence permits to 236 Afghan citizens on special humanitarian grounds. Moreover, these people are not included in the asylum statistics.

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In addition, a total of 88 Afghans who arrived on the evacuation flight have requested asylum in the country, the majority of them being family members of persons granted consular protection. However, the unstable situation in Afghanistan has not affected Finnish immigration statistics in other respects. In total, Afghans filed 403 asylum applications in 2021.

Last year, the government offered to house 175 vulnerable asylum seekers from the Mediterranean region who were completed in 2021.

On the other hand, the Finnish Immigration Service revealed that the number of first applications for residence permits increased in 2021, reaching an all-time high of 36,206 applications. The main purpose of these applications was related to work, and the main nationalities who obtained their permits were Estonian, German and Latvian citizens.