Asylum in Finland

Ending of refugee status and subsidiary protection

Your refugee status will be ended, meaning that you will no longer have asylum in Finland, if:

  • you voluntarily re-avail yourself of the protection of your country of nationality;
  • you regain your citizenship of your own free will after you have lost it;
  • you become a citizen of another state and are able to avail yourself of the protection of this country;
  • you voluntarily settle in the country from which you fled for fear of persecution;
  • you are no longer in need of protection because the circumstances under which you became a refugee no longer exist.

Your subsidiary protection status is ended if the circumstances that led to its granting no longer exist or have changed to such a degree that you no longer need protection.

Impact of crimes on the ending of international protection

We may re-assess your refugee status or subsidiary protection status if you commit a crime in Finland or if you are considered a danger to public security. In that case we assess, whether your refugee status or subsidiary protection status can be ended on the above-mentioned grounds.

We will re-assess your status if a proposal has been made to deport you from Finland.

Deportation on the basis of crimes or a danger to public security

You can be deported on the basis of crimes or because you pose a danger to public security if:

  • you have committed an offence carrying a maximum sentence of imprisonment for a year or more;
  • you are found guilty of repeated offences;
  • you have, through your activities, shown that you endanger other people’s safety;
  • you have taken part or there are grounds to suspect that you may take part in activities that endanger Finland’s national security.

If you have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection status, your deportation requires that your protection status can be ended on the grounds mentioned above and that your deportation does not violate the principle of non-refoulement.