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Mon, 13 Jun, 2016 12:03:10 AM
FTimes – STT Report, June 13
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Only a small proportion of the unaccompanied underage asylum seekers are later reunited with their parents in Finland, reported a Finnish language daily, Helsingin Sanomat.
The Finnish Immigration Service has rarely granted residence permit on the basis of reuniting unaccompanied child or young person with his or her guardians in Finland.
In the years 2012 to 2015, less than 10 per cent of such applications were accepted, according to the Helsingin Sanomat report based on the Immigration Service statistics.
Immigration Service Unit Director Tiina Suominen cited lack of existence of previous family life or broken family ties for the negative decisions. The decisions are made on an individual basis.
On the other hand, adults who receive protection are in most cases joined with their children in the country. 
According to the Helsingin Sanomat, nearly three quarters of such applications were approved. Also half of the family reunification applications submitted by couples were approved.
Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Päivi Nerg meanwhile expressed the hope for a European model in which each person granted asylum could bring their families along.
“It would also prevent security threats faced by security officials,” Nerg told the Helsingin Sanomat.
Nerg’s comments are not directly related to the fuss surrounding family reunification rather the interview was conducted before the public debate erupted surrounding the Iraqi family faced with deportation.
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