Only a quarter of the asylum applications that were received in the second half of last year and that have been processed were successful, Esko Repo, the head of asylum affairs at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), reveals in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
“Decisions for a total of 7,500 applicants were made during the course of last year. 25 per cent of them were positive. The percentage for this year is the same. A quarter of the applicants are allowed to stay in Finland,” he says.
Finland is the second fairest country in the developed world for children, suggests a report published by Unicef.
The report, Fairness for Children, examined inequalities in child well-being in a total of 41 member states of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with a particular focus on the gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle.
The Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (Akava) has reminded young people that education truly pays off amid its concerns that the ongoing debate over unemployment has blurred public perceptions of reality.
“Fewer than 7 per cent of people with a post-graduate degree are unemployed, whereas 12.5 per cent of the entire labour force are unemployed. Educated people are considerably more unlikely to experience even a short period of unemployment than they are to be employed for the whole duration of their career,” Ida Mielityinen, an expert at Akava, points out in a press release.
Posti says some of its customers may experience irregularities in mail delivery times as it overhauls its delivery routes and extends delivery times towards the evening.
The state-owned provider of postal and logistics services states in a press release that the delivery times will be extended in order to rationalise its delivery services and, thereby, to adapt to a sharp decline in the delivery volume of letters and publications.
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Officials at several police departments have been charged for snooping into the details of Anneli Auer, the main suspect in the death of her husband until her acquittal last December by the Supreme Court of Finland.
The Prosecutor's Office of Inland Finland revealed in a press release yesterday that a total of 55 officials have been charged with violation of official duty and, secondarily, of negligent violation of official duty on grounds that they had no work-related reason to access the information.
The Automobile and Touring Club of Finland (ATCF) is concerned that the proposed establishment of a state-owned company to develop and maintain the state transport network could increase the costs of road users.
“Minister [Anne] Berner (Centre) says the objective is to create a system that would not require an increase in taxes. It remains unclear whether or not the new road charges have been taken into consideration in the assessment. A key question is therefore how can you increase road funds without raising any more funds than today,” ATCF says in a press release.
Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Employment and Justice, has shed further light on the measures drawn up by the Government to remove inactivity traps and encourage job seeking.
He revealed in a news conference yesterday that the measures would oblige job seekers to accept a wider variety of full-time job offers – even ones that do not match their occupational skills and experiences and ones that provide a wage lower than unemployment benefits.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, reveals on his blog that the proposal unveiled yesterday by Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, to de-regulate the taxi industry does not enjoy the unanimous support of the Government.
“The Finns Party opposes the de-regulation of taxi licences. We will not allow [the industry to be turned into] a Wild West,” he writes.
Erkka Railo, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku, estimates that the rifts that have arisen within the National Coalition and the Social Democrats are indications of exacerbating class differences in Finland.
“The reasons for the rebellions within the National Coalition and the Social Democrats are the same: class differences have exacerbated in the Finnish society,” he writes in a blog published in Turkulainen.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has voiced his concerns about the growing number of undocumented migrants in Finland and Europe.
“It's perfectly clear that tens if not hundreds of thousands of people whose identity and whereabouts is unknown are lost in Europe. It's a real threat that those who aren't granted asylum stay on as undocumented [migrants],” he stated while attending an event held by the Finnish Association of Political Journalists on Thursday.
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