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Finland’s Minister of the Interior, Kai Mykkänen (NCP), has expressed his support for the idea of selecting asylum seekers directly from refugee camps located outside the European Union.
Finland’s Minister of the Interior, Kai Mykkänen (NCP), has expressed his support for the idea of selecting asylum seekers directly from refugee camps located outside the European Union.

 

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has expressed his doubts about the feasibility of establishing removal or detention centres for asylum seekers outside the European Union.

“It’d be difficult to implement removal centres outside the union while respecting human rights in the way that is required,” he stated in the Finnish Parliament last Thursday. “I think we should switch to a system where the people in the most vulnerable position are taken directly from refugee camps.”

The idea of establishing refugee camps or removal centres outside the bloc has gained traction among the 28 member states as a means to reduce the appeal of Europe and transfer asylum applicants – especially unsuccessful ones – outside the EU. Reuters, for example, has reported that the issue has been on the agenda in talks between Austria, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Mykkänen on Thursday emphasised that no concrete proposals, let alone decisions, have yet been made regarding the centres.

“No proposals have been made – neither bilaterally nor by the [EU’s Justice and Home Affairs] Committee. It’s a plan. The only thing you can see at the moment is that it’d be difficult to implement,” he said. “My starting point is that if someone has gotten a negative [asylum] decision, it means that he or she must leave Europe. Otherwise our asylum system will collapse.”

He also acknowledged that a common solution is needed.

“A European solution will be needed in any case. And in the next stage, we’ll need a solution that replaces cross-border asylum applications with a system where the applicants are taken from refugee camps,” told Mykkänen.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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