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Tue, 25 Oct, 2016 12:01:32 AM
Inmates concerned about outside security
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 25
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The vast majority of refugees at reception centres feel safe and are mostly satisfied with the centre staff, according to a survey conducted by the Finnish Immigration Service.
About 82 per cent of adult asylum seekers feel that reception centre workers treat them well, and 87 per cent are satisfied or very satisfied with their security. 
With regards to minors, 68 per cent are satisfied with the staff and 81 per cent with security.
“Reception centre employees treat us humanely, equally, gently. The service is good and the reception is amazing,” one of the adult refugees said.
Although the overall feeling of security was mostly good, some reception centres inmates are concerned about travelling outside the centres.
“The inside is safe, but outside there are threats. The shops are far away, and it’s hard to go there when it’s not safe,” one of the respondents commented.
Some respondents felt it difficult to reach a public health nurse or social worker. One in five asylum seekers are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with contacting nurses. 
File Photo Lehtikuva.
However, about half are satisfied. 
Most of the problems are due to a lack of activity. One in four adult asylum seekers are very dissatisfied with the amount of their daily activity. Most of them hope for more things to do, hobbies, Finnish language instruction, as well as employment and educational opportunities.
More than 3,000 asylum seekers from 81 reception centres responded to the survey.
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