Finland has almost completely exhausted the quota previously allocated by the government to admit minor asylum seekers from the Mediterranean region, accepting 169 out of 175 children, the country’s migration office said on Tuesday.
“On Friday, May 21, Finland received a group of minor asylum seekers from Greece when ten unaccompanied children and adolescents arrived in the country,” the report said.
Most of the asylum seekers who have been displaced to Finland are minor citizens of Afghanistan or Somalia.
108 unaccompanied children and adolescents arrived from Greece to Finland, 30 from Cyprus, 27 from Malta, and four from Italy.
The Finnish Immigration Service received € 12 million in EU funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to receive asylum seekers from the Mediterranean region.
According to the decision of the Finnish Cabinet of Ministers of February 27, 2020, the country will accept 175 asylum seekers from the Mediterranean region, mainly unaccompanied children and adolescents, as well as single-parent families. The purpose of this decision is to alleviate the tense situation with the reception of asylum seekers in the countries of the Mediterranean region.