Sipilä: Finland could introduce a bigger refugee quota

Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says that the uncontrollable refugee crisis must be taken under control and European borders must be fixed. This year, Finland receives 600 Syrians from Turkish refugee camps. PM Sipilä also suggests Finland could increase its refugee quota temporarily, Helsingin Sanomat writes. According to PM Sipilä, this could be done once the uncontrollable wave of refugees is under control and Schengen’s outer borders are functioning as they should. Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo agrees with PM Sipilä. He says that if the situation improves, all European countries must increase their quotas, Finland among them.

President Niinistö clarifies speech at YLE

President Saul Niinistö has explained his speech about the refugee crisis at YLE. He did not mean that Finland would be breaching international refugee agreements. The President said he was concerned over the fact that many European countries are talking about diverse means to reduce the number of migrants, but nobody directly says if these measures are in line with international agreements. According to President Niinistö, the EU’s external borders should be fixed and people should be helped safely to the EU. Help should also be offered in their countries of origin.

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat

Date: 5.2.2016

Journalist: Suvi Vihavainen