Strict criteria are applied to the granting of asylum. Asylum cannot be granted on the grounds of poverty. Neither are low social standing or unemployment, for example, grounds for granting asylum.
A criminal record may influence the asylum decision. You will not be granted asylum if you have committed or if there is just reason to suspect that you have committed
- a crime against peace
- a war crime or a crime against humanity
- a serious non-political crime prior to your arrival in Finland.
Neither can asylum be granted if you have acted contrary to the principles of the UN.
Moreover, you may not be eligible for subsidiary protection, if you are guilty of crimes similar to those mentioned above. Subsidiary protection may also be refused if there is just cause to suspect that you have committed a serious crime either in Finland or prior to your arrival in Finland.
What happens if I receive a negative decision?
If you receive a negative decision on your asylum application, the Finnish Immigration Service will decide to remove you from Finland. Removal from Finland may be accompanied by a decision on refusal of entry. This refusal may be fixed-term or valid indefinitely. The refusal will concern arrival in Finland or the entire Schengen area. Almost all EU member states are Schengen states, along with Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.