A record number of over 35,000 applied for temporary protection in Finland

37,000+ There are now more people registered in the reception system than ever before. The previous record was in 2015, when over 32,000 asylum seekers arrived in Finland.

By August 4, people fleeing Ukraine after being attacked by Russian forces had submitted 35,074 applications for temporary protection.

All applicants and recipients of temporary protection are registered at the reception center, even if they live in private accommodation or accommodation provided by the municipality. Currently, about 65% of temporary protection applicants and beneficiaries live outside of reception centres.

Reception centers provide all applicants and beneficiaries of temporary protection reception services such as health care and social services. The reception center can also provide information, advice and guidance on a variety of everyday issues.

Establish and maintain a reception center as needed

There are now a total of 77 reception centers and secondary branches and service points for people living in private accommodation and 8 reception units for minors. Before Russia attacked Ukraine, Finland had 20 reception centers for minors and her 7 units.

“The goal is for the number of reception centers established and maintained to meet existing needs. However, reception capacity needs vary for a variety of reasons,” he said. Oli Snellmanthe manager of the reception department.

The need for capacity is affected by the number of applicants and temporary protection beneficiaries who require accommodation and the fact that some temporary protection beneficiaries leave Finland temporarily or permanently. increase. It would be prudent to expand the operation of the center and have a few empty beds available as needed so that we can respond quickly if needed. There is also a constant need to prepare for the establishment of new reception centers.

“For example, in the near future, at the end of the seasonal working season, there may be a greater need for reception capacity. We expect to do that,” says Snellman.

The Finnish Immigration Service is responsible for directing, planning and supervising the operation of the reception system. Finnish immigration reception centers are located in Helsinki, Lappeenranta (Joutzeno) and Oulu. Other reception centers are maintained by organizations, Finnish municipalities and companies.

One-third of people fleeing Ukraine are children

A significant proportion of temporary protection applicants and beneficiaries are children and their mothers. Some children arrive in Finland without a guardian, but most come with relatives or family friends. About a third of refugees from Ukraine are children.

“Children can attend Finnish schools. If needed, the reception center will help secure a place in the school,” says Snellman.

Since the Russian attacks began, the relative proportion of children has fallen slightly, but the number of working-age refugees has increased.

“Beneficiaries of temporary protection have the right to use services provided by the TE office to assist them in their integration and employment. Finnish Immigration Service encourages people to make active use of these services. ,” says Snellman.

Some groups of people fleeing Ukraine need special assistance. For example, dozens of elderly people, as well as those with memory impairment, intellectual disability or severe injuries, have arrived in Finland. These people need services provided by care units located outside reception centres.

Applicants are fairly stable

The Finnish Immigration Service has issued 33,480 decisions regarding temporary protection. Therefore, approximately 95% of applicants have received a decision on their application.

“On a weekly basis, the number of applications for temporary protection has changed more in the summer than in the spring, but on a monthly basis, it has remained roughly the same since May. Weekly applications are 700. We average about 4,500 applications each month, although it fluctuates between less than 1,400. Aunty LehtinenDirector of the Asylum Unit.

Nearly all decisions regarding temporary protection are positive (33,231). Also, some negative decisions were issued. Applicants who have received a negative decision are nationals of countries other than Ukraine. In addition, some applications were overdue as applicants canceled their applications.

At this time, temporary protection decisions are issued within a week in typical cases where no additional information is required. However, the applicant has the right to work immediately after registering the temporary protection application with the police or border control authority. Once a person fleeing Ukraine receives temporary protection, they will also be given a Finnish personal identification code.

Fact: Temporary protection for people fleeing Ukraine

  • In Finland you can apply for temporary protection by contacting the police or border control authorities. After this, the Finnish Immigration Service will issue a temporary protection decision.
  • Temporary protection will be given to Ukrainian citizens who cannot return to Ukraine due to Russian attacks.
  • Citizens of countries outside the European Union, citizens of countries not party to the Schengen Agreement and stateless persons who have fled Russian aggression are also granted if they legally reside in Ukraine and return to the relevant country of origin. increase. Safely and permanently impossible.
  • Temporary protection will also be granted to the families of Ukrainian citizens and those granted international protection or equivalent state protection in Ukraine if family ties were established in Ukraine before the Russian attack.
  • Temporary protection statistics


Source: Finnish Immigration Service A record number of over 35,000 applied for temporary protection in Finland

Back to top button