The Finnish authorities announced the closure of 4 crossing factors on the Finland-Russia border Thursday. The closure will begin on November 18 and stay in drive for one 12 months.
Upon the closure, asylum seekers will solely be capable to make their submissions at two crossing factors: Vartius and Salla. As asylum applications can solely be filed inside Finnish territory or ports of entry, the closure would imply that asylum seekers have fewer channels to enter Finland and make the functions.
Mari Rantanen, the Finnish Minister of the Inside, remarked that the Finnish authorities will take stronger measures if obligatory. The Finnish Non-Discrimination Ombudsman warned that the federal government is obligated to make sure efficient asylum entry and to respect the proper to hunt asylum. The ombudsman additionally emphasised that the proper to hunt asylum, the precept of non-refoulement and the prohibition of collective expulsion are central in EU legislation and the Finnish authorized system.
The Finnish authorities exercised the ability to shut its border beneath its Border Guard Act. Part 16 of the act offers that the federal government can shut the border if obligatory to forestall a severe menace to public order or nationwide safety. Justifying the closure determination, the Finnish State Council said that the federal government just lately noticed a surge in unlawful immigration and that the surge had tied the Border Guard’s sources to Finnish’s southeastern border. The council additional accused Russian authorities of organizing and engaging Belarusian migrants to enter Finland via Russia. Russia has but to reply.