After several hundred illegal immigrants have poured into Finland via Sweden the Finnish government have tightened their border controls according to Fria Tider
“The refugee situation in northern Finland is completely out of control” says Petteri Orpo, Minister of the Interior to Yle.
The minister also criticized SJ, Sweden’s government owned train operator, for deciding to allow illegal immigrants to travel for free via Sweden to Finland without showing identification like regular customers. SJ motivated their decision by saying that they should “act in a kind-hearted and humanitarian fashion”.
The result has been a large increase in the number of illegals travelling to Northern Finland via Sweden for asylum in the last couple of days. On Sunday alone approximately 300 migrants arrived to Torneå, according to Yle.
“We have seen increased numbers of asylum seekers on trains in the past week. There’s been everywhere from around 10 to 100 per train, according to Mika Hejjari, communications officer at VR.
Minister of the Interior, Petteri Orpo, has therefore said that controls at the Swedish border will be tightened. During a press conference in Brussels today he said that 150 people have been employed specifically to deal with the immigration disaster.
Many of the immigrants are Iraqis who have fled from Sweden to Finland because of more generous rules for family immigration. Seeing as they’ve thrown away their ID’s they can’t buy Finland Ferry tickets and instead travel by land.
“This is the most heavily trafficked rout to Finland at the moment. Refugees come via train from Stockholm to Luleå. Then they take the bus over the border to Torneå, and then travel further south via train, says Yles Tom Kankkonen.