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Finland: Rent incentive to encourage refugees to settle near reception centres

The Finnish government has rolled out an incentive scheme aimed at encouraging asylum seekers who’ve received resident permits to remain in locations close to the reception centres that housed them. The state hopes that the promise of two months’ rent and a security deposit on a rental home will help curb the flow of newcomers into major urban centres.

With some 10,000 residence permits being granted to asylum seekers who began arriving in Finland in 2015, municipal officials are bracing for the movement of new residents from reception centres to more permanent homes. However, Finnish authorities want to avoid a situation where the new arrivals congregate in certain neighbourhoods, creating the potential for ghettoisation.

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