Finland will accept 1,050 refugees in 2023
Finnish authorities have announced that the country will open its doors to a total of 1,050 refugees under the UN quota in 2023.
According to a report provided by Urdu Point, the majority of refugees who will be hosted in Finland will be mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“Finland will accept a total of 420 Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Turkey, 210 Afghan refugees from Iran and 160 Congolese refugees from Zambia under the 2023 refugee quota. In addition, Finland will accept 130 refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda as well as 30 stateless refugees”, reads a joint statement issued by the Finnish Ministers of Interior and Justice.
Recently, Finnish authorities revealed that the country is working on introducing new amendments to the Aliens Act to extend the temporary protection of Ukrainian citizens who are currently in Finland.
The Finnish Interior Ministry has already commented on a temporary protection plan for Ukrainian citizens currently in the country.
It was clarified that the refugee quota is based on Finland’s proposal to the UN Refugee Agency. At the same time, the Nordic country will continue to accept the same categories of refugees, the statement noted.
In addition, Finland urged other European Union member states to participate in the admission of refugees within the quota. The initiative is also supported by the European Commission through the Asylum, Migration and Integration quota, while the Commission has stressed that it will pay 10,000 euros for each refugee admitted under the quota.
The migration situation is one of the most discussed issues in European countries, while authorities in European countries are constantly trying to find new ways to deal with the current situation.
According to the European Commission’s latest report on migration and asylum, the adoption of the migration-asylum pact is one of the key factors for sustainable progress on migration and asylum.
European Union Vice-President Margaritis Schinas stressed that in the face of similar events, the European Union has shown the combined strength and collective political will to act immediately.
“Outside the EU, determined and united EU action can yield impressive results,” Schinas emphasized in this regard.
He added that within the bloc, the kind of solidarity that the EU has shown towards Ukrainians should continue to be present in the EU debate on migration and inspire future action.