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Sat, 21 Nov, 2015 01:14:36 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Nov 21
 
Ombudsman for Children, Tuomas Kurttila. File Photo Lehtikuva.
Ombudsman for Children, Tuomas Kurttila, on Friday suggested that families accommodating un-derage asylum seekers should be paid a monetary compensation so that the number of children living under care of family could be increased.
 
The ombudsman made the remarks during an interview with Keskisuomalainen, a regional Finnish language daily.
 
The placement of children under the care of families according to the Ombudsman would promote integration.
 
The compensation is paid already in some other Nordic countries.
 
Approximately two thousand unaccompanied under-aged asylum seekers have arrived in the coun-try this year. In the previous year, only about 100-200 unaccompanied minor asylum seekers arrived in the country.
 
Unaccompanied underage asylum seekers are mainly settled in group homes.
 
“Integration can also be successful in institutions, however, family accommodation would often be a better option. It would also be cheaper for the society. An example could be taken from the child protection where family placement has been a good experience,” Kurttila said.
 
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