Finland Accepts Relocated Asylum Seekers Rescued from the Mediterranean

Finland Accepts Relocated Asylum Seekers Rescued from the Mediterranean

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Dw-USA. In June, 2019, The Finish Government agreed to accept 8 more refugees recovered from the Mediterranean. Originally, Italy housed these refugees from West Africa. However, as the Italians have received a disproportionately large number of migrants due to their geography, other
members of the EU have needed to bear the weight.
To assist with the influx of refugees Italy and Greece have received in the 2015 Migrant Crisis, Finland has made strides to aid in relocation. According to the Finish Ministry of Interior, between 2015–2017, Finland relocated 1,980 persons from these two countries.
In the crisis, over a million asylum seekers reached the shores of Europe looking for a better, safer life. Finland provided refuge for nearly 32,000 of them. These eight will join their ranks.
The recent relocations come as the European Union claims the crisis has settled. Though these numbers are encouraging for some, they do not show the whole picture. In 2016, Finland deported 6,657 refugees, around a quarter of these refugees did not receive assistance in their relocation.
In the first half of 2019, approximately 30,000 migrants have reached Europe looking for Asylum.
Although this is a large number, the amount has significantly reduced compared to 2015 levels.

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