Underage asylum-seekers flooding to Finland
This year more than 300 underage asylum-seekers have already arrived in Finland. The estimated number for the whole year is more than 400, which is the highest number ever and an increase with almost 300 per cent compared to last year. Last week 47 underage asylum-seekers arrived, most of them from Somalia and Iraq. Jorma Vuorio, chief director for the Finnish Immigration Service, believes that one reason for the situation is the stricter asylum procedure in Sweden. Following this the asylum-seekers have increased in Finland and Norway. The increase has raised suspicions about organized crime and parents sending their children to apply for asylum in the western countries.
(Helsingin Sanomat 18 October 2008, http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/artikkeli/Suomeen+tulvii+alaik%C3%A4isi%C3%A4+turvapaikanhakijoita/1135240343472, http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/artikkeli/Irak+ja+Somalia+yleisimpi%C3%A4+l%C3%A4ht%C3%B6maita/1135240343479)