Helsinki, we have a problem…
– There are those who go to their own way and come back to the reception center later. It’s hard to say how many have left, Harmonen says.
More than 2,200 asylum seekers disappeared from the authorities in Finland last year – over the last three years, more than 6,000
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 18.33
Migri estimates that slightly less than half of missing asylum seekers have left Finland.
According to preliminary data from Migri, the Finnish Immigration Service, in 2017 a total of 2 216 asylum seekers disappeared from the Finnish authorities. The lost numbers are taken from the accommodation register, which means that they are lost in the case when the reception center decides the customer’s relationship is “lost”.
Ulla Harmonen , Team Leader of the Migri Situation Center, says that the last confirmation of the disappearance is usually obtained when the asylum seeker does not return to the reception center at the date of delivery.
The number of missing persons fell somewhat since 2016, when 2 887 asylum seekers were reported missing. In 2015, asylum seekers lost 1 136. Over the past three years, the number of missing persons is over 6,000. The reading is in practice a rough estimate, as some of the missing can be found.
“Most of the missing people are supposed to have a negative decision and those who have not been considered to be inadmissible, Harva disappears in the middle of the process when she only expects Migri’s decision,” Harmonen says.
4,000 negative decisions
In 2017 Migri issued exactly 3,996 negative asylum decisions. The figure is therefore not significantly higher than the number of missing 2 216 reported. A significantly greater difference between these two figures was reached in 2016, when 14 282 negative decisions were issued.
However, there is little to say about the differences between numbers, according to Harmose, the majority of those reported missing last year have been denied a decision in 2016.
“They can not be directly compared whenever there is always a little delay due to the duration of the process,” Harmonen says.