Warmer weather brings more refugees crossing Russian border

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Milder weather rises refugees influx risk from Russian border

Prime Minister Orpo on Friday said that there is a growing risk that Russia will encourage people to try to cross the border into Finland illegally with the arrival of spring and milder weather.

“The official border crossing points at the eastern border are now closed. With the arrival of spring and milder weather, there is a growing risk that Russia will encourage people to try to cross the border into Finland illegally between official crossing points,” said the Premier during a visit to Easter border together with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Orpo and von der Leyen visited the Imatra border crossing point to learn more about the situation at Finland’s eastern border, said an official press release.

From there, they headed to the Old Town Hall in Lappeenranta, where they continued the bilateral discussions they had started the day before on their flight from Brussels after the special European Council.

The main purpose of the visit was for Commission President von der Leyen to learn about Russia’s instrumentalisation of migration to Finland and the measures being taken to combat it.

Orpo and von der Leyen flew from Lappeenranta in a Border Guard helicopter to the Imatra border crossing point and the Pelkola Border Guard station, where a fence of about three kilometres built as part of a pilot project has now been taken into use.

Minister of the Interior Mari Rantanen and the Border Guard gave an overview of the situation at the border.

During the visit, Orpo told von der Leyen about the Government’s draft act on temporary measures to combat instrumentalised migration.

“I hope that in the future, we will have an EU-wide solution in place to protect Member States being targeted by instrumentalised migration,” said the Prime Minister.

Orpo stressed the importance of keeping all of Finland viable and inhabited, including from the perspective of security policy. He told von der Leyen about the situation in Eastern Finland and the additional challenges brought on by the lack of border traffic in Eastern Finland due to Russia’s instrumentalisation of migration to Finland.

“Keeping Eastern Finland inhabited is very important for Finland. It is essential for this to be taken into account in EU funding and in the programme for the next Commission. This was our main message to Commission President von der Leyen. Finland and other EU Member States that share a border with Russia also need the support of the Union to improve our border security. This is about safeguarding the external border of the EU as a whole,” Orpo said.

“Russia’s hybrid attacks are not just about Finland's security. This is about the security of the entire EU. This is why I was here today. To tell you that Europe stands by your side. For the security of the borders and to support the border regions,” von der Leyen wrote in a post in her social media platform X after the meeting.

They also discussed Finland’s objectives for the EU’s next strategic agenda and the security situation in Europe.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

11 Comments
  1. EmmaJones says

    In my opinion, it is crucial for Finland to be vigilant and proactive in addressing the risks associated with increased refugee influx from the Russian border. The closure of official border crossing points only heightens the urgency of the situation, and it is essential for authorities to collaborate effectively to prevent illegal border crossings.

  2. EmilySmith says

    It is concerning to see the growing risk of refugees attempting to cross the border into Finland illegally. The government must take steps to address this issue before it escalates further.

  3. EmilyJones82 says

    It is concerning to hear about the increased risk of refugees influx from the Russian border with the arrival of milder weather. It’s important that necessary measures are in place to prevent illegal crossings and protect the security of the borders.

  4. EmilyJohnson82 says

    It’s concerning to see the potential risks posed by milder weather on the Russian border, especially with the official crossing points closed. Russia’s actions in exploiting migration for its benefit must be closely monitored and addressed swiftly by Finland.

  5. EmilySmith says

    It is concerning to see the growing risk of illegal border crossings with the warmer weather. Russia’s role in encouraging such actions is alarming and calls for immediate attention from authorities. Tightening border security measures becomes crucial in preventing unauthorized entries.

  6. ElizabethSmith says

    Isn’t it concerning how Russia’s actions are impacting the border security of Finland with the warmer weather approaching?

    1. JohnMiller says

      It is indeed worrying to see the potential impact of Russia’s actions on Finland’s border security as the weather warms up. It’s crucial for authorities to stay vigilant and take necessary measures to prevent illegal crossings.

  7. AlexandraJohnson says

    It is concerning that warmer weather might lead to an increase in refugees attempting to cross the Russian border into Finland illegally. We need to stay vigilant and take necessary measures to address this potential security threat.

  8. EmilyJohnson says

    It’s concerning to hear about the growing risk of refugees crossing the Russian border into Finland illegally. We need to ensure strong measures are in place to prevent such actions and protect national security.

  9. EmmaSmith92 says

    It is concerning to see the increased risk of refugees attempting to cross the Russian border into Finland illegally. The closure of official border crossing points only exacerbates the situation. Hopefully, the authorities can effectively manage this issue before it escalates further.

  10. AlexandraJohnson says

    It’s concerning to see the risks of illegal border crossings increasing with the warmer weather. Authorities must remain vigilant to prevent any escalations in such activities.

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