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Thu, 22 Oct, 2015 12:06:01 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 22
Iraqi asylum seekers in the refugee center located in the former barracks in Hennala in Lahti, Finland on September 25, 2015. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The majority of Finns want a tougher policy on the approval of asylum applications, according to a survey commissioned by the Helsingin Sanomat, a Finnish language daily.
About 70 per cent of the respondents are in favour or partially agree with a tougher policy on the issue.
The majority of the respondents also believe that those who have been accepted as asylum seekers initially should be eligible to a lower social security compared to the native Finns. 
Furthermore, a person should be able to demonstrate the ability to support one’s family before family reunion could be requested.
On the other hand, 59 per cent of the respondents expressed positivism towards the increase of the number of asylum seekers in their neighbourhoods.
The survey was conducted by TNS Gallup in which about a thousand Finns were interviewed in October.
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