Which are overshadowed by even longer lines of Finns who have been unemployed for years.
Having no language or working skills whatsoever, many of these fake refugees will continue on the public dole, with some even engaged in criminal activity. That’s what is going to happen as it has elsewhere in Europe.
According to Finnish law, asylum seekers with proper official documents are able to look for jobs after being in the country for three months. Those without the correct paperwork need to wait six months.
Before an asylum seeker can be hired, an employer needs to ensure an applicant has been granted the right to work in the country. But due to long queues and the heavy workload at the Immigration Service, the wait to even begin searching for a job is an additional two months.
The current situation now forces some asylum seekers to wait a minimum of eight months in the country before they can begin talking to prospective employers.
Queue likely to grow
Last year, the Immigration Service processed a few dozen employment applications for asylum seekers. But after the arrival of tens of thousands of asylum seekers that began last summer, this year the numbers of applicants are beginning to rise.
In February of this year the Immigration Service approved some 130 work permits and currently there are some 100 pending applications.
Now that many asylum seekers have already been in the country for six months, it is expected the numbers of people applying for work permits will continue to grow.
Finnish Immigration Service spokesperson Kaisa Härkisaari says that about a third of the tens of thousands of asylum seekers would likely be applying for work permits. Härkisaari says that the work permit process has now been made a priority at the agency.
The Immigration Service has informed its clients of the situation regarding work permits and says that permit decisions would be made as quickly as possible.
Härkisaari notes that the approval process would not be sped up by people applying before their minimum three- or six-month waiting period is complete.