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Thu, 10 Sep, 2015 01:58:20 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Sep 10
 
Refugees at the Finnish-Swedish border in Tornio and Haparanda in Sweden On September 8th, 2015. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
An estimated number of 8,200 asylum seekers have arrived in the country this year.
 
According to the Finnish Immigration Service, about half of all asylum applicants are from Iraq.
 
Earlier, about 40 per cent of the asylum seekers had been granted positive decision.
 
According to the assessment of Juha Similä, head of section, Asylum Unit, the relative proportion of Iraqi applicants has increased and this is why more positive decisions are likely to be granted than before.
 
According to provisional data, last week alone saw nearly 1,200 asylum applications being lodged, said Similä. Based on preliminary data, over 900 of the applications were from Iraqis.
“The volumes are growing week by week,” Similä said.
 
Compared to Sweden where over 50,000 asylum seekers have arrived, the figure of asylum seekers arriving in the country is still paltry. Nearly 1,400 asylum seekers from Syria alone arrived in Sweden last week.
 
To Similä’s surprise, the number of asylum seekers from Syria arriving in the country has remained small. On the other hand, the Iraqis have been the largest group for many years.
 
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