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Development Minister: Reduce Refugee Quota

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen says Finland should reduce its refugee quota. Within its refugee quota, Finland accepts persons defined as refugees by the UNHCR.

Paavo Väyrynen pitää tiedotustilaisuuttaa. Hänen kasvonsa näkyvät kameroiden ja kuvaajien välistä.
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Speaking on a YLE current affairs programme on Monday evening, Väyrynen said the money Finland would save by taking in fewer refugees could be channelled directly to crisis areas.

Finland accepts 750 quota refugees annually; however, Väyrynen points out that the number is much higher due to family reunification practices.

Väyrynen has previously rejected proposals to double Finland's intake of the self-imposed quota of 750 refugees.

The minister meanwhile doesn’t agree to recent comments made by banking tycoon Björn Wahlroos that Finland’s 50-year history of development cooperation has been a waste.

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