Migration and European Affairs Minister Astrid Thors is calling for tighter family reunification policies for asylum seekers. The recommendations stem from a government report on Finland’s refugee policy.
In the future, parents seeking reunification with their kids must be able to prove that they lived together with their children as a family prior to seeking asylum in Finland.
Other suggested changes to current asylum procedures include authorities having the right to turn down asylum applicants who provide false information, for example in regard to family ties, when applying for refugee status.
The number of police stations accepting refugee applications will also be reduced in an effort to streamline asylum procedure. Refugee reception centers will be housed in the capital city region as well as in Turku and Oulu.
Thors says the proposed guidelines will align Finland more closely with asylum policies in the other Nordic countries.
The bill will come before Parliament this autumn
This family reunion was denied
Lets give credit where credit is due. If not for the level of debate fostered by the Finnish True Finns party and Jussi Halla-aho, the Tundra Tabloids doubts seriously that the Finnish government, especially Minister for Europe and Immigration, Astrid Thors, would be contemplating about such things. KGS