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Finland raises refugee quota to 1,500 for next year

The historically high quota is due to the worsening political situation in Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said.

Refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. Image: Hedayatullah Amid / EPA

Finland will increase the number of refugees it takes in next year, primarily because of the deteriorating political situation in Afghanistan.

Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo (Green) said on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that the government has decided to raise the refugee quota in 2022 to a historical high of 1,500.

Quota refugees are people registered as refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), usually residing in refugee camps or near their country of origin, who are then resettled in host countries.

In September, the government had prepared to raise next year's refugee quota to a maximum of 2,000.

The refugee quota was 850 in 2019 and 1,050 last year.

The increase in the refugee quota is part of a supplementary budget proposal announced by the government today to complete next year's state budget.

An increase of 1.1 million euros, geared towards the Interior Ministry’s administration costs due to the higher refugee quota, was proposed. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy will allocate an additional 3.2 million euros to support integration programmes and education.