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Wed, 18 Dec, 2013 04:30:08 AM
FTimes-STT Report, December 18
Overview of the Parliament. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The government has prepared a draft law with the view to encourage quick and willingly return of the people, who are denied to get asylum in Finland.   
The ministry of Interior finalised the draft on Tuesday, which is expected to be placed before the parliament for enactment in Spring, ministry sources said.
The draft law proposed that an asylum seeker who has been denied refugee status or whose application has been cancelled would be eligible to get reasonable travel expenses and assistance, if one decides to leave the country willingly.
The bill also pointed out that the asylum seeker, whose application would be rejected, would not be entitled to the assistances if the applicant refused to leave the country at the first stage of denial and look for alternative measures.
The Department of Immigration in Mid June this year said that the number of asylum seekers increased significantly in the country during the first six months of 2013.
A total of 1480 foreigners sought asylum in Finland from January to June and the number is 16 per cent higher compared to the number of the stipulated period in 2012.
The Department of Immigration estimates that the total number would be about 3400 at the end of the year.
Most of the applications, seeking asylum, were submitted by the Iraqi people followed by Russian, Afghan, Nigerian, Iranian and Moroccan nationals during the first six months.
A total of 374 Iraqis sought asylum in Finland this year, so far, while the number of asylum seekers from Syria has decreased this year compared to that of last year.
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