Anti-immigration Finns Party should consider leaving government: deputy chair
Finland’s anti-immigration Finns Party should vote on whether to remain in the ruling coalition, one of its deputy leaders said on Monday as tensions grew over handling of an influx of asylum seekers. Sebastian Tynkkynen, one of three vice chairmen, said the three-party coalition government was ignoring its commitment to keeping the number of asylum seekers at 2014 levels – 3,600. Following a big spike in arrivals last month, the Helsinki government has raised its estimate for the number of asylum seekers expected to reach the Nordic country this year to about 50,000.
12 October, 2015 Iraqi asylum seekers protest against Finland's deportation move Iraqi asylum seekers rallied in central Helsinki and signed a petition on Monday against Finland's plans to negotiate a deal with Baghdad that could lead to their deportation, arguing that their country should not be considered safe. Hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from conflict- […]
8 September, 2016 Asylum seekers protest in Helsinki against Finland’s tightened policy About 300 asylum seekers and pro-immigration citizens gathered in Helsinki on Thursday to protest against Finland's new asylum policy, which considers Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia largely safe countries to return to. About 32,000 came to Finland and the government responded by […]
5 April, 2017 Xi extends 'panda diplomacy' to Finland China's President Xi Jinping, on the way to his eagerly awaited first encounter with Donald Trump, met his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki Wednesday, extending Beijing's famed "panda diplomacy" to Finland. The two sides agreed to carry out "cooperativ...
20 August, 2015 Finland expects four times more asylum seekers this year Finland is set to receive up to 15,000 asylum seekers in 2015, four times higher than last year, the interior ministry said Thursday. The new projection does not mean that Finland will increase the number of asylums it grants, which in recent years has been set at between 750 and 1,050 a […]
12 February, 2016 Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland voluntarily By Tuomas Forsell HELSINKI (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country. Germany and Finland's […]