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Foreign Ministry launches "Don’t come" Facebook campaign in Iraq and Turkey

The Finnish Foreign Ministry has launched a social media campaign aimed at dissuading would-be asylum seekers from entering the country. The campaign targets young men in Iraq and Turkey.

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The thrust of the Ministry’s Facebook campaign is to persuade young men coming from conflict-ridden areas that it’s not worth the risk and expense to come to Finland, said Finns Party MP Sampo Terho.

"This realistic message about the possibility of receiving asylum status in Finland is in the best interests of Finland as well as those who are planning the journey. If it’s practically a sure bet that you will be repatriated, why then would you waste up to 10,000 euros on the trip?"  Terho queried.

According to the Finns Party parliamentary group the campaign has been rolled out in Arabic and is directed at young men planning to travel to Finland to seek refuge. The Foreign Ministry said Friday morning that the Facebook update had received close to 80,000 views.

Terho, who is the head of the Finns Party parliamentary group, said that the aim of the campaign is to try to curb the so-far “uncontrolled” influx of people.

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