By the beginning of December, Finland had only received 75 refugees of its 750 quota for this year.
Differences of opinion between the Interior and Labour ministries have slowed down the selection process. Additional work surrounding Finland's EU presidency has also prevented the security police from carrying out the normal checks on the background of refugee applicants.
Mervi Virtanen, an official at the Ministry of Labour, says Finland could well choose around 600 refugees before the end of the year, thus fulfilling its quota obligations.
Finland would not be in breach of any agreement or be liable to sanctions if it failed to take the necessary number of refugees.