Incompetent legal counsels appeal to asylum seekers in Finland by offering them cash rewards or a mobile phone in exchange for selecting them as legal representative. In general, legal aid agencies that resort to such recruitment tactics provide a number of other services, such as interpretation, in addition to legal advice. The professionals providing the advice, in turn, are typically not lawyers by training, despite the fact that they may be formally allowed to offer legal advice.
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The first signs of the phenomenon were detected already several years ago. “Scattered observations have been made, but it's difficult to gauge the scope of the phenomenon,” says Pekka Nuutinen, the director at the Metsälä Reception Centre.