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Finland Immigration Detention

Although the number of foreign nationals residing in Finland has risen over the past two decades, Finland attracts relatively few immigrants and asylum seekers compared to other European countries. Perhaps due to these low numbers of immigrants, the country’s detention policies and infrastructure are of fairly recent origin. Legislation specifying the conditions for detention was passed in 2002, followed by the establishment of the country’s first immigration detention unit in 2003. Prior to 2003, foreign nationals apprehended under aliens legislation were held in police facilities.

Finland Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    534
    Detained asylum seekers :
    481
    Persons expelled :
    3,070
    International migrants:
    293,200
    New asylum applications :
    2,922