On this page there is information about seeking asylum in Finland


Family reunification almost always requires a secure income

Granting residence permits for your family usually requires you to have sufficient income to be able to provide for your family in Finland.

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Family members apply electronically for a residence permit and at Finland’s foreign missions

Your family members applying for a residence permit on the basis of family ties must apply for a residence permit before coming to Finland. The application may be filled in on the Internet. In order for the application to be processed, however, your family members must always visit a Finnish mission, which might be situated outside their country of residence.

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The right of a child seeking asylum to have his/her family in Finland

A person under the age of 18 has the right to apply for family reunification after a favourable asylum decision.

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Children who arrive in Finland unaccompanied are in a special position as asylum seekers

Asylum seekers under the age of 18 who arrive in Finland without a guardian receive special protection. If necessary, their age can be established through examinations.

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The Asylum in Finland website offers asylum seekers information about Finland

The Asylum in Finland website is a collection of information about Finland and Finnish asylum practices.

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How can you be granted asylum in Finland?

You can seek asylum in Finland if you have just reason to fear being persecuted in your home country or your permanent country of residence.

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In Finland the decision on asylum is always made on a case-by-case basis

Each asylum application is processed individually. The assessment will consider what you yourself have said, the evidence you have presented, individual reasons and information acquired by the Finnish Immigration Service.

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Who is not eligible for asylum?

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.

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Finland observes the same policy as other EU countries

The provisions of the Finnish Aliens Act for granting asylum are the same as in the Geneva Refugee Convention, to which Finland and the other EU Member States are committed.

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Family reunification only concerns immediate family

Your family members may apply for a residence permit in Finland on the basis of family ties, but not until you have received a positive decision on your asylum application.

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