ANKARA, Turkey — The latest developments as tens of thousands of people make their way to Europe and across the continent, seeking safety and a better life. All times local.
Finland has announced stricter immigration policies to stem an influx of migrants, including opening repatriation centers for the quick expulsion of those denied asylum, tightening conditions for family unification and cutting benefits for refugees.
The Interior Ministry says seemingly unwarranted asylum applications will be fast tracked and applicants returned quickly, including those arriving across the border from Russia, which Finnish officials have declared a safe country. Age tests will be conducted on asylum-seekers suspected of not being minors, and those using false documents will be liable for punishment.
The measures follow a similar tightening of policies in neighboring Sweden and Norway. A record 30,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in Finland so far this year, up tenfold from 2014.
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