Ministry of Interior: No increase in Russian asylum applications

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Military service or mobilization is not a direct ground for granting international asylum, the ministry noted.

The Interior Ministry has not reported significant changes in Russian asylum applications. Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

There have been no significant changes in the number of asylum applications submitted by Russian citizens, the Interior Ministry has confirmed.

About 400 applications have been submitted by Russians so far this year. In recent years, between 200 and 500 applications have been submitted annually.

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Military service or mobilization is not a direct ground for granting international asylum. However, asylum can be granted if the asylum seeker has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons such as political conviction.

There may also be grounds for seeking protection if the applicant is forced to commit war crimes during military service. In addition, the refusal to serve must carry a penalty in order to meet the necessary criteria for asylum, the ministry said.

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The Finnish government is currently preparing to introduce a new measure to further limit the number of Russian tourists entering Finland, with the Ministry of the Interior being one of the government departments involved in the preparations.

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