MOSCOW, February 20 – The Finnish Ministry of Internal Affairs has submitted a bill, according to which the maximum possible period of validity of a residence permit for refugees will be reduced to three years instead of the current four, reports department.
“Under the proposal, the first residence permit issued on the basis of refugee status will be valid for three years instead of the current four years,” it said.
The bill provides that refugee status can now be revoked if a foreign citizen poses a threat to national security or has committed a particularly serious crime, the Ministry of Internal Affairs clarifies.
It was previously reported that the Finnish Ministry of Internal Affairs is developing a bill aimed at combating migration on the border with Russia, as well as a bill on a border procedure that prohibits refugees from moving across the country until a decision is made to grant asylum. In addition, the Ministry of Internal Affairs intends to tighten the conditions for obtaining Finnish citizenship, increasing the period of required residence from five to eight years.
The border between Finland and Russia is closed by decision of the Finnish authorities until April 14.
Finland began introducing restrictions on border crossings from November 2023 amid an uncontrolled flow of refugees from third countries. Finnish authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of deliberately sending asylum seekers to the border. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, rejected accusations against Russia of involvement in the migration crisis in the European Union, calling such accusations the double standards of the West.
Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the closure of Finnish checkpoints on the border with the Russian Federation, noted that the Russophobic position that the leaders of this neighboring country have now begun to adhere to is deeply regrettable. Peskov also emphasized that the Russian border guards comply with all instructions, “the border crossing is used by those who have the legal right to do so,” and far-fetched accusations are unacceptable for Moscow.