Finland to keep its border closed with Russia over migration concerns

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Finland closed nan 1,340-kilometer onshore separator precocious past twelvemonth aft an unusually precocious number of asylum-seekers entered nan country.

Finland will widen nan closure of its separator crossing points pinch Russia beyond nan existent 14 April deadline “until further notice”.

The Finnish Interior Ministry posted connected X that nan determination was made complete concerns undocumented migrants were entering nan state from Russia.

"Russia is utilizing instrumentalised migration against Finland. Based connected accusation provided by nationalist authorities, nan consequence that instrumentalised migration will resume and grow arsenic seen antecedently remains likely," said nan Interior Ministry.

Finland closed nan 1,340-kilometer onshore separator precocious past twelvemonth aft much than 1,300 migrants without due archiving aliases visas entered nan country. 

The surge came successful nan 3 months aft September, not agelong aft Finland joined nan NATO alliance.

Most migrants hail from nan Middle East and Africa, particularly Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. 

The immense mostly person sought asylum successful Finland, a European Union personnel authorities pinch a organization of 5.6 million.

Finnish Cabinet of Prime Minister Petteri Orpo has extended nan closure of checkpoints respective times. 

He accuses Russia of deliberately ushering migrants to nan usually heavy guarded Russia-Finland separator area that serves besides arsenic nan EU’s outer separator successful nan north.

The Kremlin has denied Helsinki's claims, saying nan Finnish authorities is unwilling to prosecute successful speech astir nan border.

All 8 Finland-Russia onshore separator crossing points for group person been closed since 15 December. 

The southeastern obstruction checkpoint for cargo trains successful Vainikkala remains unfastened but nan authorities said connected Thursday it would adjacent 3 maritime checkpoints starting 15 April.

Migrants tin proceed to activity asylum successful Finland, portion of nan EU´s passport-free Schengen zone, astatine Finnish airports and harbours, nan authorities said.

Finland acts arsenic nan EU’s outer separator successful nan northbound and makes up a important portion of NATO’s northeastern flank.

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