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Most applicants are Somali, Iraqi nationals
FTimes - STT Report, June 17
 
Immigration authority is found to interview a asylum seeker in Helsinki. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
A record number of asylum seekers are set to enter Finland this year, a Finnish language daily, Helsingin Sanomat, reported on Tuesday quoting sources in immigration services.
 
According to the Finnish Immigration Service, about 2,200 people have already applied for asylum this year. 
 
At the current rate, the number for the full year would surpass 7,000 applicants, an all-time record.
 
The number has seen a sharp increase in May. Asylum unit director Esko Repo told the newspaper that the number of applicants grows higher in summer and autumn.
 
So far, the busiest year for applications was in 2009, with slightly less than 6,000 applicants.
 
The group of applicants to have seen the most growth this year is from Somalia.
 
In May, every third applicant was a Somali. The Finnish Immigration Service is unable to assess the reasons for the growth. 
 
The number of Iraqi applicants has also increased, due to the actions of the ISIS terrorist organisation.
 
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