Finnish PM says refugee inflow through Sweden is rising

Finnish PM Juha Sipila says influx of asylum seekers through Sweden is growing but economic problems of country is less important than refugee crisis

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Finnish PM says influx of refugees is growing in Sweden

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said on Friday that the flow of refugees was increasing through Sweden, and added that the economic status of the country was now a smaller problem than the crisis of asylum seekers.

According to government, Finland has taken in more than 11,000 refugees this year, mostly from Iraq, compared to 3,600 last year. The situation was difficult in Tornia, in north of the country, because many refugees arrive there after crossing the Swedish border.

Government expects that up to 1,000 refugees will arrive on Friday, more than 500 have already crossed the border on Thursday.

"I think our economic situation has become a smaller problem than the challenge from the refugees... We are monitoring the situation hour by hour," Sipila said at a news conference.

Finland reached an agreement to take in two percent share of the 120,000 refugees to be positioned across EU states last week, but said it remained opposed to a mandatory quotas.

The government is looking to reduce refugees’ cash benefit, currently 316 euros ($356) a month for a single adult without meals and aims to diminish social integration benefits.

It is also preparing to increase capital gains tax  and income tax on higher paid workers in order to help pay for immigration expenditures.



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