Not enough, 35 000 still to go……
And there are around a 1 000 a month still pouring into the country via Sweden and Russia.
Since last October some 2,951 people have left Finland and cancelled their applications for asylum. Of those, 490 left in January. That’s according to the border guard, but even those figures are incomplete.
“In practice all those who departed from Finland are Iraqis who’ve have travelled from Helsinki to Istanbul,” said Ismo Siikaluoma of the border guard.
In 2015 32,476 people applied for asylum in Finland, and another 818 people did so in January.
Altogether some 3,800 people cancelled their asylum applications since the start of last year, according to the Immigration service. The border guard’s statistics only cover the period since last October.
Support for returnees
It is possible others left via internal Schengen borders, making the total number even higher. The vast majority left of their own volition and using their own funds, according to the Immigration service. Only 363 people were granted official support to return to their country of origin between last September and December.
The support is offered on a discretionary basis, and if granted it covers the cost of travel documents, transfers to and from airports in Finland and the destination country, and flight tickets. It’s arranged in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration, which says that disappointment with Finland is often the motivation for returnees.