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Tue, 09 Feb, 2016 12:03:54 AM
FTimes Report, Feb 9
 
Asylum seekers arrive to refugee reception center in the northern town of Tornio, Finland on September 25, 2015.File Photo Lehtikuva.
Asylum applicants who have assets of their own or who find work and start earning will receive a lower allowance or no allowance at all, announced the Finnish Immigration Service on Monday.
 
An estimated 15 per cent of the applicants have some kind of assets when they arrive, said the Immigration Service in a statement.
 
These assets are divided into a monthly income, which the applicants must live on for as long as the assets last. 
 
Applicants who use up their assets at a faster rate do not receive a reception allowance in compensation. 
 
Basic needs, such as accommodation, food and healthcare, are nevertheless provided.
 
A separate fee may also be charged for reception services. This has been done, for example, when residents have found work and started earning enough to warrant a fee.
 
Asylum seekers may, however, receive support to cover the basic necessities from the reception centre with which they have been registered as clients. 
 
The Finnish law on reception of asylum seekers prescribes whether the allowance is granted and at what amount.
 
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