Tuesday September 21, 2021

Migri to belong Helsinki asylum reception centre

Published : 11 Sep 2021, 00:47

  DF Report

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The Helsinki reception centre, which is currently operated by the City of Helsinki will become part of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) as from 25 October 2021, said the Migri in a press release on Friday.

The Helsinki reception centre is one of the most important units in the reception system, operating as a so-called transit centre.

Transit centres are reception centres located near an office of the Finnish Immigration Service where asylum interviews are held. These centres are primarily meant for new asylum seekers who have just arrived in Finland.

‘The Helsinki reception centre has a proud tradition, and its location, mission and the number of clients it serves make it a critically important part of Finland’s reception system’, said Director Mikael Laurinkari of Migri.

The Helsinki reception centre comprises a 150-bed institutional transit unit and a service point, which is currently providing statutory services to approximately 800 asylum seekers staying in private accommodation. These include social and healthcare services and reception allowances.

The change will be implemented as an assignment of business, meaning that the permanent staff of the reception centre, currently employed by the City of Helsinki, will transfer to the Migri.

The Migri is also in the process of recruiting additional personnel. The reception centre will employ a total of about 40 staff.