Finland, Russia agree to cooperate to solve refugee problem

Currently from 20 to 50 asylum seekers arrive in Finland daily, they mostly come from Russia.

Finland and Russia have agreed to find new ways of cooperation in solving the refugee problem, Finnish Interior Minister Petteri Orpo told a news conference on Wednesday following meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

"Despite the fact that illegal migration can be stopped on the basis of the existing bilateral agreements, they saw the need to agree on new documents," Orpo said. "We need new joint solutions."

Currently from 20 to 50 asylum seekers arrive in Finland daily, they mostly come from Russia. According to Finnish border guard, in most cases migrants have no necessary documents to enter the country, in particular, Schengen visas. In spite of this, Russian border guards let them go to Finland, Helsinki says.

In all, about 32,500 refugees came to the country last year, mostly natives of Iraq. Most of them arrived through the Swedish-Finnish border in the north of the country, but many others chose other routes, such as travelling by ferry from Germany and across the border with Russia in northern Lapland. The Russian-Finish border has become the main route used by refugees to get to Finland.

First published by TASS.

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