Asylum Seekers

The process of an asylum case

The asylum seekers coming to Finland should turn to the police when applying for asylum.

The Finnish Immigration Service (also called Migri) will evaluate whether the asylum seekers have enough reasons for being granted a permit to stay in Finland. The waiting time depends on the amount of people that have arrived to Finland recently and on how complicated their cases are. People seeking asylum usually stay at a reception center, or with friends or family. During the waiting time the asylum seeker will participate in different activities and begin to learn the language. All asylum seekers coming to Finland will go through a health examination. The law dictates that adult asylum seekers must be provided emergency health care if needed. The reception center will also provide other services such as seeing a doctor, child counseling, school health care and contraceptive counseling. Maternity care and dental care are available through purchase services.

If the grounds for asylum are not sufficient you will receive a negative decision. The asylum seeker can then accept the decision and travel home or appeal against the decision to Helsinki Administrative Court. If the Helsinki Administrative Court also considers the grounds for asylum insufficient, the appeal will be rejected. In some cases, the matter can be appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court.

If the appeal against the decision is accepted, a new waiting period will begin. Some might have to wait between one and two years until a final decision has been made. If the person doesn't leave voluntarily, the police will have to make sure that he or she leaves Finland. Long waiting periods causes a difficult situation for the asylum seekers. Therefore, activities for the asylum seekers during this time are important. It is of great importance to the agency to offer activities of good quality to the asylum seekers' daily life. It is made up of an organized daily program that will benefit the asylum seeker whether he or she gets to stay in the country or not. The daily program includes language studies, computer skills, maintenance of the residential area, handicrafts, internship at companies, sports activities etc. to promote both the physical and mental health.

Children in school age have the right to the same basic education as other children. At the reception center's kindergarten a pleasant and stimulating environment is created for 3 to 5 year olds. The cooperation between the local associations is good and both children and adults participate in different forms of activities.

Asylum seekers who are granted a residence permit will be registered in the Population Information System. They can accept a designated residence in a municipality or they can decide to search for a place of residence themselves. The municipality will set up an introduction plan for every refugee which they will receive a compensation for from the state.

 

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