Quota refugees (refugees arriving through the refugee resettlement process)

Some of the refugees have moved from their areas of residence or home countries to another country or region, where they cannot settle permanently. They must be resettled.

Finland takes part in the resettlement process and accepts persons who are defined as refugees by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and whom the agency has listed as refugees that Finland could include in its quota. Only a small percentage of all refugees are resettled in other countries.

Size of the refugee quota is decided by the Parliament

In Finland, the Parliament decides on the size of the annual refugee quota in connection with the drafting of the state budget. The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs submit a proposal to the Government on the nationalities that should be included in the quota and the regions from which quota refugees should be taken. The policy priorities (such as the priority given to vulnerable groups) will also be laid out in the quota.

Since 2001, Finland’s annual refugee quota has been 750 people. In 2014 and 2015, the refugee quota was increased because of the difficult situation in Syria, and 1,050 quota refugees were admitted.

Further information:

Quota refugees (migri.fi)
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ely-keskus.fi)
Reception of asylum seekers and refugees (punainenristi.fi)