UNHCR Recommendations to Finland

UNHCR provides its comments on how to strengthen refugee protection in Finland, Europe and globally.

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Finland has made important contributions to international refugee protection – including its long standing commitment to refugee resettlement, maintaining a well-established asylum and reception system and undertaking comprehensive integration efforts. Furthermore, Finland has within the EU shown solidarity in practice – through participation in the relocation scheme – and its support for joint and fair EU policies to ensure that refugees receive the protection they deserve in Europe. UNHCR is particularly grateful for Finland’s strong commitment and contribution to upholding international refugee protection standards and principles. Finland is also a very important strategic partner and donor enabling UNHCR to address the critical humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable refugee populations.

This document sets out a number of recommendations which the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for Northern Europe (UNHCR) is putting forward with a view to further strengthen refugee protection in Finland, Europe and around the world. The recommendations are addressed to the Finnish Government, parliamentarians and all other relevant institutional actors and stakeholders in the country and aim at contributing to on-going discussions on improvements of the refugee protection and integration systems at national, regional and international levels.

You can download the recommendations here: