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Finland steps up border control

Finland steps up border control
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Picture: Lucas/Flickr

Picture: Lucas/Flickr

Finland has stepped up the border control after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“Our safety environment has changed rapidly. We should carry our responsibility in countering terrorism and foreign fighters by stepping up the surveillance at the outer boarders by all cost effective means,” Päivi Räsänen, the minister of the interior, said in a bulletin.

Finland also supports stepping up the control of EU citizens at the outer borders.

In practice, this would mean that more accurate border control could be targeted to high risk routes and person groups by a risk analysis.

In Finland, police can utilise the passenger information in preventing crime.

Räsänen sees this as an effective way to counter terrorism.

“But a national system is not enough. Instead, we need a system at the EU level as fast as possible.”

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