Finland tightens immigration policy

Finland says it plans to ask refugees to work for free and approves training program on Finnish culture and society as part of new migration policy

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Asylum seekers queue up as they arrive at a refugee reception centre in the northern town of Tornio, Finland, on Friday Sept. 25, 2015

Finland's government said on Tuesday that it will ask asylum seekers to work for free and accept a "national curriculum" on Finnish culture and society as part of its migration policy.

Conditions in the refugees’ homelands will be re-evaluated twice a year, and if necesary residence permits will be cancelled.

The Finnish government said that it would not provide subsidiary protection to refugees from South and East Afghanistan.

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

Nearly 32,000 refugees have entered Finland this year compared to 3,600 last year.

The country's government has said that it will expedite turning back refugees who are do not meet the necessary conditions. According to prediction, approximately two thirds will be dismissed.

Finlands also said that working-age refugees will be given some form of employment, to help ease their frustration.

"It is not necessarily paid work, it could be something outdoors, some maintenance work at the reception centre ... The longer that people are idle, the more frustrated they become," said Employment Minister Jari Lindstrom.

Moreover, the government will also prepare an information package on Finnish culture and society, emphasising on the rights of women and children.

"All asylum seekers will acknowledge it as received. No one can be able to say that they didn't know," Lindstrom said.

TRTWorld and agencies