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Kai Mykkänen (NCP) was sworn in as the Minister of the Interior in Helsinki on 12 February, 2018.
Kai Mykkänen (NCP) was sworn in as the Minister of the Interior in Helsinki on 12 February, 2018.

 

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, does not believe that legislative amendments are necessary following the recent slaying of a middle-aged man in Baghdad, Iraq, after his asylum application had been denied in Finland.

The man had returned voluntarily to his home country only a few weeks before the incident, according to YLE.

“I think that the legislation is fine,” Mykkänen stated in an interview on YLE Radio 1 on Thursday. “Its premise is that you can’t send anyone back if they face an individual threat or if the area is dangerous. This is the basis for our country assessments.”

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Mykkänen, who was sworn in as the Minister of the Interior on Monday, pointed out that the deceased man had sought to overturn the decision to remove him from the country through legal channels, but the decision was upheld by both an administrative court and the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland.

He reminded that policy makers are responsible not only for developing the legislation but also for ensuring the authorities have the requisite resources, adding that he would take a closer look at the processes and resources of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

One of the greatest challenges faced by immigration authorities, he estimated, is determining as objectively as possible whether or not the individual threat faced by an asylum applicant constitutes sufficient grounds for granting asylum.

“That’s one question I’ll have to look into further,” said Mykkänen.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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