Not confidence building by any stretch of the imagination…
Asylum appeals returned at record rates in 2017
In 2017 administrative courts in Finland altered a record number of verdicts in asylum decisions by the Finnish Immigration Service Migri.
More asylum application appeals than ever were altered last year, with the administrative court system either changing or sending back for reconsideration some 31 percent of the roughly 10,000 appeals dealt with in 2017.
Court officials estimate that in 2017, 7,000 appeals were handled by the administrative courts, whilst 3,200 cases were dealt with by the Supreme Administrative Court.
Following a record high number of appeals of asylum verdicts in 2015, which led to a backlog of cases in the Helsinki administrative courts, the process of handling appeals was distributed to the administrative courts of Eastern Finland, Northern Finland and Turku.
The other courts mostly approved a similar proportion of appeals. Turku however, had a higher rate of appeals — 42 percent — that were either changed or sent back to Migri for a fresh look.