Finland Considers Ankle Monitors for Rejected Asylum Seekers

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

The Finnish government has announced plans to keep track of rejected asylum seekers by using ankle monitors, saying they would only be used on a case-by-case basis.

The governments plan to use ankle monitors was leaked to Finnish media this week as part of a number of asylum reforms and would help the government keep track of rejected asylum seekers without having to detain them, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reports.

According to the paper, the legislative changes would not be required for every asylum seeker and would require several conditions under the law before being applied.

As the law is written it will also be forced to decide on whether or not the ankle monitors will be allowed to be applied to minor migrants, as Finnish law is much more restrictive on detaining minors.

The quota for new refugees will also be raised slightly — a move criticised by several left-wing parties who wanted to see the quotas expanded even further.

The government is also looking to reduce the asylum application time to six months.

The new reforms come only months after Finland vowed to crack down on criminal migrants following a case in which a 10-year-old girl was repeatedly sexually abused by migrant men over a course of several months. In total, the city of Oulu arrested ten migrants who were believed to have engaged in sexual abuse of three children under the age of 15.

Oulu Police Criminal Officer Milla Kynuunniemi claimed that since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, sexual assaults had increased in the city overall.

Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen went so far as to suggest tabling legislation to revoke the citizenship of migrants who had been convicted for sexual crimes in December.

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