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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) voiced his gratitude to the hundreds of municipalities and municipal decision-makers in Finland that have done their part to resolve the refugee crisis.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) voiced his gratitude to the hundreds of municipalities and municipal decision-makers in Finland that have done their part to resolve the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has, in a speech delivered to his party comrades, expressed his gratitude to the hundreds of municipalities and municipal decision-makers across the country that have borne their share of responsibility for the refugee crisis by welcoming asylum seekers to their communities.

“Some 200 municipalities have decided to receive asylum seekers. I'm proud of all Centre Party councillors who have carried their responsibility for tackling the crisis,” he said.

“You are the real everyday heroes, even though the climate has not always been the most encouraging. Only by bearing responsibility can we reach conclusions that are socially sustainable and promote cohesion,” reminded Sipilä.

The Centre's party council convened last weekend in Tornio, a roughly 22,000-resident municipality located on the northern border between Finland and Sweden. Tornio was one of the most affected municipalities by last autumn's influx of asylum seekers, with the number of daily arrivals peaking at roughly 500 and averaging at over 150 in the final quarter of last year.

“We've now moved to a new stage in terms of the asylum situation,” said Sipilä. “In addition to processing applications and enforcing returns, we must pay particular attention to those who were granted asylum. These new Finns will need assistance and support but, above all, a community to become a part of. The key to successful integration lies in the local level, ultimately in the hands of each and every one of us.”

Sipilä also suggested the willingness to receive and welcome asylum seekers is a reflection of one's fundamental values and commitments.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Timo Heikkala – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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