Finland – Migration services suspend examination of applications from Afghan asylum seekers, in view of UNHCR’s recent guidelines

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

On 4 September, the Finnish Migration Services have announced they will suspend the examination of applications for international protection from Afghan nationals, in light of the publication of UNHCR’s newest eligibility guidelines on Afghanistan.

According to the statement, the authorities will assess the updated country information on Afghanistan, in an effort to ensure their policies remain in line with UNHCR’s recent findings. The move comes a few days after Amnesty International’s call on Finland to stop all deportations of Afghan asylum seekers, as the situation in Afghanistan seems to have been seriously deteriorating over 2018. Earlier this year, Lyon’s Administrative Court of Appeal blocked the transfer of an Afghan family to Finland, in view of the security situation in Kabul and the potential risk of serious harm in the event of their return there.

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