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Tue, 01 Mar, 2016 01:34:34 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Mar 1
 
National police commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen and other top police officials spoke at a press conference on Monday. Photo Lehtikuva.
The police have so far deported about 1,200 asylum seekers who received negative decisions this year, said National Police Board Superintendent Mia Poutanen.
 
In practice, this means the police have deported about 28 rejected asylum seekers every weekday so far this year, Poutanen told a press conference on Monday.
 
Last year, the police deported about 3,180 asylums seekers who had received negative decisions.
 
The number of deportations is expected to increase further, as the Finnish Immigration Service has estimated that two-thirds of the 32,000 asylum seekers that came to Finland last year will receive negative decisions.
 
The police aim to make the deportations promptly. 
 
Speaking at the press conference, National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen said quick deportation of rejected asylum seekers is very important for internal security and public order.
 
“To protect asylum seekers who receive negative decisions from, for example, becoming victims of organised crime before they leave the country requires swift government action,” said Kolehmainen.
 
Finland is able to deport about 60-70 per cent of those who receive negative decisions.
 
On average, the corresponding figure across Europe is 40 per cent. When an asylum seeker receives the deportation order, he or she must comply with the decision and leave the country voluntarily. 
 
In this case, the asylum seekers’ whereabouts are known by the authorities.
 
“There is also the group who after receiving deportation orders have moved across internal borders to elsewhere in Europe or remained illegally in Finland and are hiding from the authorities,” Poutanen said.
 
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