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Finnish Red Cross (FRC) officials and local authorities in the north-western Finnish border town of Tornio hope to find emergency accommodation in the next few days for at least 700, perhaps even more than 1,000 asylum seekers. The FRC Lapland district expects hundreds of asylum seekers to arrive daily from Sweden within the next few days.
The first new emergency accommodation facility to be opened in Tornio is the Lappia business centre, which should be able to house about 180 asylum seekers. Another possible location is the nearby Lappia sports hall, which can fit up to 500 people.
“We want to avoid the previously-planned tent accommodation because the forecast for the next few days predicts cool, rainy and windy weather. We’ll only use tents as a last resort,” SPR official Annikki von Pandy told Yle.
The FRC is also looking into the possibility of using the Pudas sports hall, which would fit 400 people.
On Tuesday, asylum seekers in emergency accommodation will be transferred to a new central administrative centre in former Tornio High School facilities.