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Tue, 04 Oct, 2016 12:08:47 AM
FTimes - STT Report, Oct 4
Asylum seekers in refugee center located in the former barracks in Hennala in Lahti, Finland. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Nordic countries granted asylum to relatively fewer women than men in 2015, said a report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The trend was the same across Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, while the data on Sweden was not available. 
The report, however, did not mention the reason behind the occurrence and whether, for example, the reason could be that the typical threats coming from male refugees are better recognised than those from women.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has created separate instructions for women refugees, highlighting their specific risk factors due to gender, the importance which should be the basis on which asylum is granted.
The study recently surveyed the asylum situation from a gender perspective in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. In all countries, the majority of asylum seekers were men.
Compared with other Nordic countries, however, clearly more male asylum seekers have arrived in Finland than female. 
Only 18 per cent of those seeking asylum in Finland in 2015 were women.
Gender equality in applying for asylum is a hot topic for equality affairs ministers from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and the Åland Islands, who met in Vantaa on Monday. 
Representatives from Norway and Iceland also participated in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Finnish Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services Juha Rehula.
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