The number of asylum applications declining at Western Uusimaa Police Department

Publication date 3.5.2022 9.55 | Published in English on 3.5.2022 at 10.00
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The number of residence permit applications as consequence of the situation in Ukraine has started to decline. Some applicants have replaced the original asylum application with an application for temporary protection.

In total, over 1,600 applications have been submitted to Western Uusimaa Police Department since the end of February. A majority of the applications have been submitted by citizens of Ukraine, while the other applicants come from Belarus, Russia or other countries.

- At the weekly level, the number of applications has decreased. Last week, approximately 30 applications were submitted in the area of Western Uusimaa Police Department, says Superintendent Aapo Isoaho.

The situation is calm, not only at the Espoo Main Police Station, but also at the stations of Lohja and Raasepori. At these stations, it is a question of individual persons or families.

In addition, some of the original asylum applications have been replaced with an application for temporary protection.

Public authorities and organisations cooperate in providing assistance to refugees from Ukraine

Most refugees from Ukraine arrive through the Helsinki West Harbour. In March, a service point was opened in Terminal 1 to provide services at one location for people arriving from Ukraine.

At the service point, they can submit an application for temporary protection. They also receive information about Finland in general and how the process will continue after submitting the application. 

Customer service is provided at the service point in cooperation by the Helsinki Police Department, Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Customs, the Finnish Immigration Service, the City of Helsinki, the Finnish Food Authority, Save the Children and the Finnish Red Cross.


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