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Government Moves to Soften Finnish Aliens Act

The government has put forward a proposal to ease some restrictions under the Finnish Aliens Act. If approved, the bill will make family reunifications easier.

Eduskunnan keskustelu ulkomaalaislaista on ollut maltillista.
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The amended law would make it easier for family members from a third country to join their family in Finland. The government is looking to align the Finnish Aliens Act more closely with rules of freedom of movement within the EU.

Under current law, a one-year residence permit is normally issued for family members, but the new bill would allow a five-year permit to be issued. The bill also raises thresholds for deportation.

A Parliament hearing is due to consider the proposal.

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