What will it take for them to leave?
The Finnish state is getting fed up with its Bosnian refugees, it appears that it’s honest, helping hand attempt to repatriate them back to Bosnia has hit a snag, they’ve either refused to return, or have used the property as an opportunity for their own self aggrandizement….and all at the expense of the Finnish tax payer. KGS
In 2003 and 2004, the Finnish state and Finn Church Aid joined forces to help Bosnian refugees living in Finland return home. According to the YLE current events program A-Zoom, not everyone was eager to move back.
Finland spent some 300,000 euros building and reconstructing homes to help 22 Bosnian refugee families go home. The refugees fled their troubled homeland in the early 1990s during the Bosnian War.
But not all the families who received new homes moved back. In fact, nine of the families are still living in Finland. Some have used their new quarters as holiday homes.
Finn Church Aid has expressed disappointment in the situation.
“Naturally, Finn Church Aid’s goal was for all of the homes to be occupied. It was certainly not our hope that these homes would remain vacant,” said Merja Luukkanen, a coordinator at Finn Church Aid.
Meanwhile, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which was responsible for funding the project, told YLE by email it has the legal right to demand reimbursement from families who did not move back to Bosnia. The Ministry is now trying to decide whether to take measures to recover the money.
NOTE: They actually need to decide on whether to recover the funds? Really?