Finland

Date of entry into the EU 1 January 1995
Number of asylum applications per year 2007: 1,434
2006: 2,331
2005: 3,574
2004: 3,861
Main country of origin 2005: Bulgaria 15.9 %
2004: Serbia and Montenegro 21.7 %
Asylum recognition rates Refugee Status
2007: 5.9 %
2006: 1.8 %
2005: 1 %
2004: 2 %Total
2007: 72.9 %
2006: 30.7 %
2005: 70 %
2004: 52 %
Resettlement 2005: 766
Refugee camps Total: 2Location:
1) Helsinki West Harbour Crossing Point
2) Metsala
Human rights violations
2005:The period of time for the assessment of the applications submitted by unaccompanied minors has been considerably reduced.

The process of family reunification remains too long.

The so-called ‘accelerated procedure’ under Aliens Act may have a negative impact on children.

ECRE member agencies Finnish Red Cross
Finnish Refugee Advice Centre
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