Finnish authorities report a record number of people seeking protection in the country after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The Finnish Immigration Service released a statement, saying that by August 4, 35,074 applications for temporary protection had been submitted by people "fleeing Ukraine due to the Russian military attack."
This results in a total tally of more than 37,000 people registered in the country’s reception system. A third of those fleeing Ukraine are children, according to officials.
The previous record in Finland had been set in 2015 during the height of the so-called refugee crisis across Europe. Even then, the highest number reached was only about 32,000.
Speedy processing times
The Immigration Service has already processed 33,480 applications for protection from the total pool of cases, resulting in roughly 95% of all applicants receiving a decision. Out of all those applications, only 249 cases were not granted asylum — less than 1%
The Immigration Service stressed that "(a)pplicants who have received a negative decision are nationals of countries other than Ukraine."
More than 6.3 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded all across Europe since the start of the war in February, according to the UNHCR.