Some 600 Syrian refugees currently registered and living in camps in Turkey will be invited to Finland. According to the Helsinki Times, they will be part of the government’s approved 750 quota.


Quota refugees differ from those who apply for asylum after entering the country or at the border. Quota refugees are selected from refugees already in a safe third country and registered with the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR. They are granted asylum immediately upon selection and soon are transferred directly to houses prepared for them in Finnish counties. There they start a normal life; kids are put to school or day-care and adults start the integration process with learning Finnish.


Taking into consideration factors such as cultural orientation courses provided to the refugees before they arrive to Finland, the Helsinki Times reported that a group of 750 quota refugees cost the taxpayers about a million euros by the time they arrive to the airport. From there, the government pays all expenses for up to 10 years. Because of its relatively small quota, Finland has accepted more refugees with chronic illnesses and disabilities, which are more costly.


The Helsinki Times also reported that Finland is at the moment promising to increase its quota manifold, if the illegal influx is restrained. But this does not seem to be the case since most experts agree that the more quota (or other) refugees living in a country, the more they inspire and attract their relatives and friends to take the risk of coming.