The Finnish Immigration Service is responsible for directing, planning and supervising the operations of all reception centres. Reception centres provide their clients with reception services in accordance with the Act on the Reception of Persons Applying for International Protection.
The state-owned reception centres are located in Helsinki, Lappeenranta (Joutseno) and Oulu. The rest of the reception centres are maintained by other operators, such as municipalities and the Finnish Red Cross. Asylum seekers may also choose to live in private accommodation, arranging their accommodation themselves.
Unaccompanied minors live in their own units which consist of group homes and supported housing units.
Asylum seekers do not necessarily stay in the same reception centre during the whole application process. At first, asylum seekers usually stay at a so called transit centre. After the asylum interview, they are transferred to another reception centre to wait for a decision.
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