The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has announced that it is preparing to establish new reception centers for people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
According to Migri’s estimate, at least several thousand more beds are needed.
"We are not in a hurry, we are preparing to open new premises," said Pekka NuutinenThe head of Migri’s reception center unit in an interview with Radio Suomen.
Nuutinen did not elaborate on the locations of the new centers because the final decisions have not yet been made. Migri cooperates with municipalities, organizations and companies in accommodating people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
There are currently approximately 32,000 people who have fled Ukraine officially in Finland. About a third of them have found an apartment in the reception centers.
The Immigration Office is preparing to receive between 40,000 and 80,000 Ukrainian arrivals this year.
The reception centers currently have 5,000 free beds. Migri estimates that places are needed for those currently in temporary private housing as well as newcomers and possible seasonal workers who arrived during the summer.
In addition, Nuutinen said that there are probably several thousand Ukrainians in Finland who do not have a visa and who have not yet applied for temporary protection.
Source: The Nordic Page