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Thu, 28 May, 2015 12:10:29 AM
FTimes – STT Report, May 28
 
Syrian refugees living in Greece protest on Syntagma square on November 19, 2014 in Athens, calling the Greek autorities for immediate asylum status and housing. Greece is one of the key ports of entry into Europe for many thousands of migrants every year. Photo – AFP / Lehtikuva.
Finland would not be obliged to raise the annual number of quota refugees following a refugee resettlement proposal to share responsibility of distributing refugees arriving from the shores of southern Europe, observed the European Commission.
 
The EU Commission following the proposal urged Finland to accept 293 refugees.
 
An EU Commission representative told news agency STT that Finland could incorporate the number in its current refugee quota.
 
In addition to Finland, only 14 other EU countries accept quota refugees.
 
This year, Finland will be taking 1,050 quota refugees. The figure was temporarily raised as a result of the conflict in Syria.
 
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