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Tue, 12 Apr, 2016 12:01:00 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Apr 12
 
Refugees at a reception centre in Rovaniemi. FTimes File Photo
The government is considering allotting additional funds to the municipalities that arrange residence placements for asylum seekers having residence permit, reported the Finnish language daily Keskisuomalainen.
 
The additional funds will be directed towards integration services as well as the personnel costs incurred.
 
The state, however, is not considering compelling municipalities to take asylum seekers who have received a positive decision, Justice and Labour Minister Jari Lindström told the daily.
 
There is currently a huge shortage of municipal places for asylum seekers granted residence permit. At present, only about 3,000 such asylum seekers can be placed in the municipalities.
 
The state targets 10,000 municipal placements this year.
 
The Finnish Immigration Service till March 10 has issued 1,500 positive decisions on asylum applications.
 
Lindström, however, did not specify the amount of monetary incentive mulled, because the process is still in progress.
 
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