Finland has seen a record number of asylum seekers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, surpassing the record set in 2015 during the migrant crisis, Finnish authorities said today.
“On August 4, people who left Ukraine due to Russia’s military offensive submitted 35,074 applications for temporary protection,” the Finnish Migration Agency said in a statement.
More than 37,000 people are registered in the reception system, “an unprecedented number”.
The previous record in this Scandinavian country was 32,000, during the migration crisis of 2015.
“A third of those leaving Ukraine are children,” the migration service said.
The service has so far processed 33,480 protection requests, meaning that almost 95% of applicants have already received a response.
In total, temporary protection has been granted to 33,231 people.
Less than 1% of applicants received a negative response.
“Applicants who received a negative response are citizens from countries other than Ukraine,” the immigration service said.
Everyone has the right to work immediately after registering their application for temporary protection in Finland.
According to the latest figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 6.3 million refugees from Ukraine have been registered in Europe.
Bordering Russia, Finland applied to join NATO after Moscow invaded Ukraine.