More people have sought asylum in Finland this year than in any of the previous three years. Asylum applications filed by Ukrainian citizens, in particular, have increased over the past 12 months, although the vast majority of them have been rejected. Altogether, the number of people seeking asylum in Finland is expected to creep up to 3,600 by the end of the year, predicts Juha Similä from the Finnish Immigration Service.
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Asylum applications from Ukraine rise sharply
Despite exceeding the levels recorded in the past couple of years, the number of asylum applications remains notably below the record-breaking 6,000 applications received in 2009.