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Fri, 30 Sep, 2016 04:29:07 AM
FTimes-Xinhua Report, Sep 30
Agitation programe against refugees in front of Forssa refugee centre. File Photo Lehtikuva.
The Finnish government is planning to establish special reception centres to relocate asylum seekers believed to be disruptive or problematic, the Finnish national broadcaster Yle reported on Thursday.
The proposal was raised by a ministerial working group, as a part of the government’s action plan to tackle security threats at reception centres.
The working group said disturbances are relatively few at reception centres in Finland, but special attention should be paid to the group of people with disruptive risks to ensure security.
Earlier this week, the Finnish Association for Mental Health disclosed that cases of suicide attempts among refugees are increasing in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Erkki Matilainen, director of the working group, told Yle that the risks affect both those who are awaiting asylum decisions and those who have received negative decisions.
Mental health problems are also potential risks to security situation at the reception centres.
According to Yle’s report, the working group suggested that up to three special centres should be set up, equipped with police officers, security guards, social and health care workers and other professionals.
The new facilities would be operated in the same way as the regular reception centres without restrictions on movement. Meanwhile, officials would be authorised to formulate housing and check-in requirements on the residents, said the group.
The working group is considering where and how to set up the special centres. The final decision would be made at the end of this year, and the new centres are expected to open at the beginning of 2017, according to Yle. 
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