Finland Can't Confirm 40% of Migrant Identities

Finland’s Immigration Service (Migri) can’t positively identify 40% of the migrants applying for asylum, according to Finnish media outlet YLE.

IDs and passports are almost exclusively used by western migrants entering Finland and not from their Middle Eastern or African counterparts, says the director of Migri's asylum unit, Esko Repo.

"People who are fleeing do not have the possibility of leaving with the required documents in their pockets,” said Repo. “Some of them come from countries that don't even have passport systems.”

“Passports are missing especially from Iraqis, Somalis and Afghans.”

Moreover, 40% translates to almost every other migrant being an unknown entity.

However, this figure is technically an improvement from 2015’s 80% of entering migrants being unknown - this was during the height of Europe’s migrant crisis.

Today's improved identification rate is attributed to the actual amount of migrants seeking asylum dropping to about one-tenth of 2015’s levels.

The sheer volume of migrants in 2015 hindered the asylum process, Repo admitted.

“It is said that then the processing time per authority per applicant was certainly shorter than it normally is,” he said. “Quickly aimed at getting books and covers.”

Migri’s system is ripe for abuse as there are multiple cases of “lost” passports being found when a migrant wants to travel to their home country.

Additionally, migrants are known to destroy their passports if they fail the asylum process solely to delay deportation.

Denied asylum seekers dwell in Migri's reception centers and are able to seek treatment in mental health care facilities.

Last week, Migri officials called for more funding to construct additional mental health care facilities to accommodate the increasing number of migrant patients.

(PHOTO: Jussi Nukari / Staff / Getty Images)

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