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Changes in law, new policy to Iraq impact on decision
FTimes - STT Report, Jul 7
Refugees at reception centre. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Majority of the Iraqi people who sought asylum in Finland are frequently getting negative decisions, sources in Finnish Immigration Services said.
According to the Immigration department, 77 percent of the decisions made in June for Iraqi refugees were negative, although the ratio of positive decision was much higher during the previous five months.
Only about 40 percent Iraqi refugees got negative decisions from January to May this year, sources said.
Sources said that the number of negative decisions increased due to the changes in Immigration Law in May as well as the new immigration policy of Finland for Iraqis. 
The authority also processed significant number of asylum applications in June, said sources.
About 19 percent of the total asylum applications from January to June have received a decision.
Immigration authority is interviewing an asylum applicant. File Photo Lehtikuva.
Most of the negative decisions were made as the authority considered that the places from where the applicants had come were no more in a serious personal risk at this moment or the applicants could have moved elsewhere within his or her home country, said sources.
A total of about 32,500 asylum seekers arrived in the country last year of which nearly two out of three were from Iraq. The second largest arrivals came from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria.
According to the Immigration Service, nearly 3,300 applications expired in 2015.
Meanwhile, a significant number of Iraqi refugees have returned to their home country through the system of assisted voluntary return after cancelling their asylum applications. 
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