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Finland and Russia are building cooperation in migration issues

Ministry of the Interior 14.9.2018 8.43 | Published in English on 14.9.2018 at 8.45
Press release 102/2018

The Finnish and Russian migration authorities will convene for a seminar on migration in Helsinki on 14 September 2018. The purpose of the meeting is to establish permanent structures for cooperation between Finland and Russia in migration issues. Similar cooperation is already being carried out between the Finnish and Russian police authorities.

"Strengthening of the structures for cooperation is highly topical right now, because migration issues that previously were the responsibility of a separate agency in Russia have recently been transferred to the Russian Ministry of the Interior. The objective is that the authorities from both countries would meet regularly to exchange information," says Director General Jorma Vuorio.

Topics on the agenda of the migration seminar include the current asylum situation in Finland and Russia, labour migration, facilitation of students' access to traineeships in Finland and Russia, and cooperation in the combating of illegal immigration.

The Finnish and Russian Ministers of the Interior have plans to meet and sign a joint declaration on the cooperation in November 2018.

Inquiries:
Jorma Vuorio
, Director General, tel. +358 295 488 232, jorma.vuorio@intermin.fi
Katarine Lindstedt, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 50 342 2825, katarine.lindstedt@intermin.fi