Finland sees hundreds of refugees entering across Swedish border as it prepares to accept thousands more
- More than 500 crossed the border in a day as the country has already seen the arrival of 11,000 asylum seekers.
- Finland has agreed to take in thousands more in agreement with a proposed European refugee distribution plan, with most refugees making it to Finland having arrived from Iraq.
- The government has reduced refugees’ cash stipend to €316 for a single adult (without meals) and is preparing to cut social integration benefits.
“I think our economic situation has become a smaller problem than the challenge from the refugees… We are monitoring the situation hour by hour.”
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