Finland asks the EU to find measures to prevent "instrumentalized" migration

Petteri Orpo, Prime Minister of Finland / photo: MIA

Finland is asking the European Union to find common measures to prevent so-called instrumental migration, which means the flow of migrants coming from Russia without valid travel documents, Prime Minister Petteri Orpo said.

Finland closed its border with Russia last year to stem rising numbers of arrivals from countries including Syria and Somalia, and has accused Moscow of using migration as a weapon against Finland and the EU, which the Kremlin denies.

Some migrants did arrive, and the Finnish government submitted a proposal to parliament that would authorize border controls to turn back asylum seekers trying to enter from Russia.

"We have to put our national security and the security of EU countries first. We are very aware of our responsibility to control the external border of the European Union," Orpo said at a press conference.

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