Finland is going to raise its refugee quota and take in refugees from, for example, Lebanon, Turkey and Zambia.

Refugees at the Railway Square in Helsinki in February 2017. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Refugees at the Railway Square in Helsinki in February 2017. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Finland is going to raise its refugee quota from 850 to 1,050 in 2021.

The country will, according to a news release by the Ministry of Justice, open borders to 550 Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Turkey and 250 Congolese refugees from Zambia.

In addition, Finland will accept a total of 130 evacuated refugees from Rwanda and Niger.

Finland will also prepare to receive a total of 120 refugees—including emergency cases—from any country without limitations on the origin or nationality.

“We have all possibilities to help people who seek refuge. It’s important that we can carry our part of the international responsibility and help those who are suffering,” Anna-Maja Henriksson (SPP), minister of justice, said in the statement.

Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Green League) said that “we will consistently keep receiving refugees who are most vulnerable.” “The refugee quota emphasizes choosing families and women and children who are in a difficult position,” Ohisalo said.