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Government added to its decision on Afghanistan

Ministry for Foreign AffairsMinistry of the Interior
Publication date 15.8.2021 18.28 | Published in English on 16.8.2021 at 10.06
Press release 101/2021
Afganistanin kartta.

The Finnish Government decided at an extraordinary meeting on 15 August that Finland can admit a maximum of 40 additional current and former Afghan employees and their families. The decision adds to the Government’s decision of 13 August to admit 130 persons to Finland. This means that 170 persons can be relocated from Afghanistan to Finland.

Under section 93 of the Aliens Act, the Government decided that Finland will admit a maximum of 5 additional locally recruited Afghans, including their families, who are currently employed by the Embassy of Finland in Kabul and a maximum of 35 additional Afghans, including their families, who were employed by the Finnish Embassy in Kabul between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020. These individuals have asked the Finnish Government to admit them to Finland. This quota of 40 persons includes the employees and their family members.

In the first phase, the Finnish Immigration Service is responsible for receiving the relocated employees and their families in Finland. They will be granted a residence permit.

Eero Koskenniemi, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 488616, [email protected]
Veikko Kiljunen, Director of Unit, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 101, [email protected]
Jari Kähkönen, Director General, Finnish Immigration Service, tel. +358 295 463 210, [email protected]