Finland Shuts Down Bits of Border in the Southeast – What’s Going On?

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“It’s not worth the effort to come to Finland. The borders are closed,” Mari Rantanen, the minister of the interior, said while referring to Finland’s southeastern border with Russia.

Finland Closes Parts of Southeastern Border

Finland closes several southeastern border crossings.

Mari Rantanen (Finns), the minister of the interior, said in a press conference on Thursday that Finland will completely close the border crossings at Vaalimaa, Nuijamaa, Imatra and Niirala until February. The border crossings will be closed to all traffic between Friday and Saturday night. They will remain closed until February 18.

In addition, the reception of asylum applications will be concentrated at the Salla and Vartius border crossings. It will not be possible to apply for asylum at the other border crossings that will remain open.

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In recent days, the number of asylum seekers arriving at the eastern border from Russia has increased due to the Russian authorities allowing people without the necessary entry documents to cross the border.

Minister of the Interior Rantanen emphasized that the government wants to give a clear message to those arriving from Russia: “It is not worth the effort to come to Finland. The borders are closed,” Rantanen said.

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Finland Closes Parts of Southeastern Border

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP) called the government’s actions “tough and exceptional.”

“We want to send a strong message that we want this phenomenon to stop. It is also a message to those third-country nationals. That is why we have taken these measures as proportionate in this situation. If this continues, we will then have more means available for the entire border. But now these are the measures in this situation,” Prime Minister Orpo said.

Around 280 asylum seekers have arrived in Finland through the eastern border, according to Markku Hassinen, the deputy chief of the Finnish Border Guard, who was speaking at the press conference. “The latest reports have indicated that this phenomenon is already spreading northwards today,” he said and continued, “There is a clear risk of escalation and these measures are aimed at preventing the situation from getting out of hand.”

Finland Closes Parts of Southeastern Border

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12 Comments
  1. EmilyJohnson says

    Is there any specific reason behind the closure of these specific border crossings in Finland?

    1. DavidSmith says

      Yes, EmilyJohnson. The specific closure of these border crossings in Finland is due to the increased number of asylum seekers arriving from Russia without the necessary entry documents. The government aims to send a clear message that coming to Finland is not advisable as the borders are currently closed in that region.

  2. Maria Smith says

    Is it confirmed that the border crossings will stay closed until February 18th? What specific measures will be in place to enforce this closure?

    1. Michael Johnson says

      Yes, it is confirmed that the border crossings will remain closed until February 18th. The specific measures to enforce this closure will include increased border patrol presence, strict monitoring of the closed crossings, and collaboration with neighboring authorities to ensure compliance.

  3. Melissa101 says

    Isn’t it surprising that the eastern border has seen an increase in asylum seekers lately despite the closure? How effective do you think the measures will be in controlling the influx?

    1. JohnSmith87 says

      It’s indeed surprising to see an increase in asylum seekers despite the border closure. However, effective border control measures require continuous monitoring and adjustments. Let’s hope the government’s actions will help deter further unauthorized crossings.

  4. Matt Johnson says

    It’s not worth the effort to go to Finland. The borders are closed.

  5. Alice Smith says

    Why are the border crossings being closed until February? What has led to this decision by the government?

    1. Matt Johnson says

      Hi Alice, the government has decided to close the border crossings until February due to the recent increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving from Russia. The aim is to send a clear message that it is not advisable to try to enter Finland at this time. The closures are part of the government’s efforts to regulate the flow of people and maintain security. Hope this clarifies the situation for you.

  6. Emily1987 says

    Why are the borders being closed? What is the reason behind this sudden decision?

    1. JohnSmith1975 says

      Hi Emily1987, the recent increase in asylum seekers arriving at the southeastern border from Russia led to the government’s decision to close certain border crossings. The influx is due to Russian authorities allowing people without proper entry documents to cross. The closures aim to discourage further undocumented entries. It’s a preventative measure to manage the situation effectively.

  7. Mary Smith says

    What could have triggered such a drastic decision to close the border crossings with Russia until February? Is it due to security concerns or other reasons?

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