Finland may close border with Russia: concerns raised over number of undocumented migrants

Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo expresses concern over Russian border guard policies, full border closure considered

Antti Petteri Orpo
Antti Petteri Orpo / Photo: FinnishGovernment

Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo has expressed concern about the change in the approach of Russian border authorities, who are now allowing individuals without proper documents to enter Finland.

Due to the increase in such cases, the Finnish government is considering the possibility of completely closing the border with Russia.

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Orpo clarified that the situation is reminiscent of the events of 2015-2016, when Russia also allowed undocumented refugees to cross the border.

He emphasized the seriousness of the situation and mentioned that Russian border guards are actively assisting such individuals to reach the Finnish border.

In response, Finland has already taken measures, such as banning cyclists from Russia, among whom illegal migrants are often found.

Earlier, Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen announced a new restriction imposed by the country on vehicles registered in Russia.

Elina Valtonen
Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen / Photo: FinnishGovernment

This decision, following recent directives from the European Commission, is aimed at preventing the circumvention of sanctions imposed against Russia.

According to the decision, from September 16, vehicles with Russian license plates may enter Finland only if their owners are EU citizens residing in Russia, their families, or diplomats.

Exceptions are provided for humanitarian reasons.

A deadline is also set for the departure of all passenger vehicles with Russian license plates from Finland – by March 16, 2024.

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