An asylum seeker’s road to Finland is long and often very expensive. The journey with its illegal border crossings is often physically and mentally difficult, because it entails great risks:
- Your journey may be dangerous – particularly if you resort to human smugglers. Human smugglers bring to Europe people seeking asylum across the Mediterranean Sea in rubber dinghies which are overcrowded. In recent years, many thousands of people seeking asylum in Europe have drowned or disappeared while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
- Travelling with smugglers over land is also dangerous. Because it is a question of illegal smuggling from one country to another, the smugglers face tough prison sentences if they are caught. People are therefore transported concealed in lorries and vans, for example. Your risk of dying during the journey is high.
- If you have your family with you
- The threat of human trafficking and violence also exists.