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Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 12:05:27 AM
15,000 asylum seekers arrive in Finland so far this year
500 new places needed for refugees
FTimes – STT Report, Sep 27
Asylum seekers arrive to refugee reception center in the northern town of Tornio, Finland. File Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
Finland needs to arrange for five new reception centres per week to handle the incoming asylum-seekers, according to Interior Ministry’s permanent secretary Päivi Nerg.
In early September, the ministry had estimated the need of three to four new centres a week.
The registration centre set up in Tornio has so far been adequate, though another is currently planned. The number of refugees seems to have levelled off in recent days.
“Maybe the establishment of the arrangement and registration centre has had the effect that [the refugees] no longer want to register,” Nerg said.
About 15000 asylum seekers have arrived in Finland so far this year.
Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of the Interior Päivi Nerg. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Interior Ministry forecasts the number will reach 30,000 by the end of the year. 
Immigration Agency receiving unit director Jorma Kuuluvainen does not believe that the number of asylum seekers will decrease in the near future.
“We are preparing for the fact that this will continue,” the director said.
“In Europe, people are on the move. People are going to find their way to our corner of the world,” Kuuluvainen added.
Current estimates require about 500 new places for refugees. Kuuluvainen says that, so far, everyone has found a place, but there is no more place available.
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