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Shutdown of maritime traffic may affect 100,000 passengers

The Finnish Seamen’s Union and the Finnish Engineers’ Association are threatening to start supportive action at 2 pm Thursday to stand alongside crews of Finland’s icebreaker fleet in their labour dispute with their employer, state-owned Arctia Shipping. If the sympathy strike proves necessary, it will extend the strike to every cargo ship sailing under the Finnish flag. This would potentially include the passenger cruise ships of Viking Line, Tallink Silja and Eckerö Line.

Kongolainen Pancrace Ruzindana saapui pakolaisena Seinäjoelle 2,5 vuotta sitten. Hänen ryhmänsä jälkeen Seinäjoki ei ole vastaanottanut uusia pakolaisryhmiä.

South Ostrobothnia decides to close its doors to refugees

The western Finland region of South Ostrobothnia has decided to phase out its refugee intake programme by autumn 2016. The region’s largest city, Seinäjoki, has hosted people from Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past, but local politicians have now decided to discontinue acceptance of refugees in a bid to save money. According to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, South Ostrobothnia is the only region in Finland that has made this decision.

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