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Govt to stop repeated asylum applications

05 Jul 2018, 03:37 ( 7 Months ago) | updated: 05 Jul 2018, 10:49 ( 7 Months ago)

DF Report
Asylum seekers in front of a reception centre. File Photo Finnish police.

The interior ministry is planning to bring amendments to the asylum law with the view to stop the provision of making repeated applications by asylum seekers after getting a negative decision.

The authorities took the initiative as thousands of asylum seekers make applications repeatedly despite negative decision to delay the deportation process, reported the national broadcaster Yle, quoting sources at the interior ministry.

The asylum seekers presently are allowed to make fresh applications, if a negative decision is made by the Finnish Immigration Services (Migri).

According to the law, an asylum seeker is allowed to submit a new application unlimited times and every application must be reviewed, if the applicant presents new grounds for it.

The rejected asylum seekers very often try to make new application before deportation.

The amendment, if it takes place, will also empower the police to make the deportation process quicker, said the report.

“We intend to clarify the procedures on asylum seekers’ re-applications so that those with appropriate reasons will be processed, but misuse with the aim of creating a delay will be limited, particularly from the third application on,” said the report quoting Interior Minister Kai Mykkänenas as saying.