The Finnish Immigration Service is closing more asylum seekers’ reception centres. According to the plan, the capacity of the centres will drop to less than a third from its peak last winter.

 

Pekka Nuutinen takes over as reception director on October 1

 

This autumn, closures of reception centres will be sped up. By year’s end, there will be less than 17,000 bed spaces available, down from more than 30,000 a year earlier. If all goes to plan, by late next year there will be a capacity of less than 10,000 berths – barring any unforeseen new surge of applicants.

 

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) will decide by the end of September which centres are to be shuttered next year.