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Quota Refugee selections

From the year 2017 onward, the statistics show the following information:

  • destination;
  • the number of quota refugees selected for resettlement in Finland during the year in question, their nationalities and their age and sex distribution;
  • the number of quota refugees who arrived in Finland during the year in question, their nationalities and their age and sex distribution.

2018

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Turkey 340 Syria
Turkey 185 Syria
Zambia 125 Democratic Republic of the Congo 122, Burundi 3**
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 100 Various nationalities
In total 750*  

*Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

**Other family members are Congolese.

Age and sex distribution of quota refugee selection 2018

Male 0-6 7-13 14-17 18-34 35-64 over 65 Total
Turkey 2018 28 42 20 38 41   169
Turkey 2018 13 31 9 22 19 1 95
Zambia 2018 13 11 7 21 13   65
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 6 4 3 40 3   56
Total 60 88 39 121 76 1 385

 

Female 0-6 7-13 14-17 18-34 35-64 over 65 Total
Turkey 2018 26 51 23 35 36   171
Turkey 2018 20 18 13 16 22 1 90
Zambia 2018 14 12 3 19 11 1 60
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 3 4 3 29 5   44
Total 63 85 42 99 74 2 365

Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

Age and sex distribution of quota refugees who arrived in Finland 2018

A total of 606 quota refugees arrived in Finland. Quota refugees usually arrive in Finland the year they are selected or the year after that.

  0-6 7-13 14-17 18-34 35-64 Total
Male 51 60 34 103 58 306
Female 40 76 37 94 53 300
Total 91 136 71 197 111 606

Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

2017

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Turkey 290 Syria
Turkey 240 Syria
Zimbabwe 120 Democratic Republic of the Congo
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 100 Various nationalities
Total 750*  

*Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

Age and sex distribution of quota refugee selection 2017

Male 0-6 7-13 14-17 18-34 35-64 over 65 Total
Turkey 2017 36 32 14 30 38   150
Turkey 2017 27 37 19 27 31 1 142
Zimbabwe 2017 18 14 7 19 7   65
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 9 9 4 14 12   48
Total 90 92 44 90 88 1 405

 

Female 0-6 7-13 14-17 18-34 35-64 Total
Turkey 2017 33 35 12 37 23 140
Turkey 2017 21 19 6 60 22 98
Zimbabwe 2017 9 15 8 14 9 55
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 10 10 4 19 9 52
Total 73 79 30 100 63 345

Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

Age and sex distribution of quota refugees who arrived in Finland 2017

A total of 1,088 quota refugees arrived in Finland. Quota refugees usually arrive in Finland the year they are selected or the year after that.

  0-6 7-13 14-17 18-34 35-64 over 65 Total
Male 112 146 59 115 138 2 572
Female 113 118 45 142 96 2 516
Total 225 264 104 257 234 4 1088

Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

2016

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Turkey* 11 Syria
Turkey 512 Syria
Lebanon 135 Syria
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 91 Syria, Irak 1**
In total 749***  

* No selection trip. Decisions were made based on the background documents.

** The other family members are Syrian citizens.

*** Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

2015

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Lebanon 508 Syria 502, Stateless 5*, Somalia*
Egypt 136 Syria
Malawi and Zambia ** 151 Democratic Republic of Congo
Iran 139 Afghanistan
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 100 Different nationalities
In total 1034 ***  

* The other family members are Syrian citizens.

** No selection trip. Decisions were made based on the background documents.

*** Children born after the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service are not included in the statistics.

2014

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Jordan 218 Syria
Lebanon 277 Syria
Malawi and Zambia 146 Democratic Republic of Congo
Egypt 165 Sudan
Iran 130 Afghanistan
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 94 Different nationalities
In total 1030  

2013

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Turkey 160 Afghanistan 29, Iraq 13, Iran 109, Somalia 2
Malawi and Zambia 151 Democratic Republic of Congo 151
Iran 197 Afghanistan 197
Egypt 142 Sudan 140, Somalia 2
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 96 Different nationalities 96
In total 746  

2012

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Thailand 132 Myanmar 105, Sri Lanka 16, China 1, Pakistan 6, Somalia 4
Iran 192 Afghanistan 192
Rwanda 165 Democratic Republic of Congo 165
Turkey 143 Afghanistan 40, Somalia 19, Iran 72, Iraq 12
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 102 Different nationalities 102
In total 734  

2011

Destination Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Thailand 169 Myanmar 119
22 Pakistanis, 21 Sri Lankans, 6 Chinese and 1 Somalian
Iran 265 Afghanistan 265
Rwanda 92 Democratic Republic of Congo 92
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals 100 Different nationalities 100
In total 626  

2010

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Rwanda selection on a dossier basis* June 2010 126 Democratic Republic of Congo 126
Iran 25.9.–9.10.2010 153 Afganistan 153
Thailand 16.–31.10.2010 147 Myanmar 131
Sri Lanka 10
Pakistan 6
Syria 22.11.–2.12.2010 145 Iraq 144
Egypt 1
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   63 Different nationalities 63
In total   634  

*No selection trip. Decisions were made based on the background documents.

2009

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Rwanda 2.–15.6.2009 151 Democratic Republic of Congo 151
Syria–Jordan 31.8.–15.9.2009 327 Iraq 301
Stateless 26
Thailand 10.–24.10.2009 149 Myanmar 125
Somalia 1
Iran 1
Sri Lanka 22
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   100 Different nationalities 100
In total   727  

2008

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Rwanda 3. -18.6.2008 156 Democratic Republic of Congo 151
Burundi 5
Syria 15. - 26.9.2008 282 Iraq 282
Thailand

15. - 30.11.2008

 

 



6. -21.10.2007

165

 

 

 

35

Myanmar 150
Sri Lanka 9
Pakistan 5
China 1


Burundi 1
Somalia 1
Iran 2
Côte d'Ivoire 2
Democratic Republic of Congo 5
Sri Lanka 9
China 12
Stateless 3

Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   99 Different nationalities 99
In total   737  

2007

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Rwanda 12.-27.5.2007 148 Democratic Republic of Congo 147
Rwanda 1
Turkey Syria 9.9.-22.9.2007 251 Iran 92
Iraq 159
Thailand 6.-21.10.2007 230 Myanmar 230
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   94 Different nationalities 94
In total   723  

2006

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Thailand 12.-26.11.2006 376 Myanmar 349
Cambodia 13
Nepal 11
Sri Lanka 2
China 1
Turkey 17.-22.12.2006 123 Iran 53
Somalia 38
Afganistan 17
Unknown 8
Iraq 3
China 2
Democratic Republic of Congo 1
Sri Lanka 1
Thailand 6.-21.10.2007 67** Myanmar 67
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   177 Different nationalities 177
In total   676*  

* The total figure of 676 includes also the additional referrals accepted in Finland during the year 2007, but which were part of 2006 emergency quota.

** Also the annual quota of 2006, was supplemented during the selection mission in Thailand with 67 accepted quota refugees to Finland in 2007.

2005

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Thailand
Cambodia
23.1.-13.2.2005 136 Myanmar 118
Cambodia 13
Thailand 3
Pakistan 2
Turkey 18.-24.9.2005 117 Iran 117
Iran 21.-30.11.2005 156 Afganistan 156
Thailand 23.10.-6.11.2005 206 Myanmar 206
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   75 Different nationalities 75
In total   690  

2004

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Libanon 23.8.-2.9.2004 113 Sudan 97
Ethiopia 10
Sri Lanka 3
Eritrea 2
Philippines 1
Egypt 17.-27.10.2004 129 Sudan 129
Turkey 24.10.-6.11.2004 146 Iran 109
Afganistan 22
Somalia 11
Iraq 3
Ethiopia 1
Iran 25.11.-6.12.2004 131 Afganistan 131
Thailand
Cambodia
23.1.-13.2.2005* 75 Vietnam 75
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals   85 Different nationalities 85
In total   679  

* Some quota refugee places which were not used within year 2004, were used in the beginning of 2005 while admitting refugees to Finland from the selection mission to Thailand and Cambodia. From Cambodia 75 vietnamese quota refugees were selected.

2003

Destination Time Accepted Nationality of the accepted quota refugees
Egypt 6.-17.9.2003 151 Sudan 151
Turkey 19.-31.10.2003 140 Iran 137
Iraq 3
Iran 1.-14.11.2003 222* Afganistan 221
Nepal 1
Libanon 13.-21.12.2003 147 Sudan 127
Somalia 15
Ethiopia 3
Philippines 1
Stateless 1
Emergency and Urgent quota referrals**   89 Different nationalities89
Yhteensä   749  

*From the total number of 222 quota refugees accepted to Finland, refugee status was withdrawn from five of them after finding out that they had given falsified information to the UNHCR.

**Emergency and Urgent quota refugee referrals amount to 10– 15 per cent of the annual quota. Those refugees whom UNHCR has defined as belonging to the emergency category (emergency and urgent cases) are in need of urgent resettlement due to a special need for protection or other reasons such as exceptionally strong humanitarian reasons or an acute need for medical care/treatment.

Persons submitted to Finland, must have been granted a refugee status by UNHCR. Decisions are made based on the background documents. This is exceptional as all the other quota refugees are selected to Finland based on an individual interview. We do not have any geographical limitations concerning the country of origin or the first country of asylum of the emergence referrals to Finland.

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