Juha Sipilä spoke on Prime Minister’s question hour saying that the number of asylum-seekers entering Finland is untenable, and that 10,000 would be a sustainable number of yearly arrivals.


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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says that Finland is fast approaching its maximum sustainable capacity for asylum-seekers.


«We are right on the upper limit,» he said on radio’s Prime Minister’s question hour. He says that all sectors of Finland’s response system – including reception centres, housing and police work – are stretched thin.


The Minister of the Interior updated its estimate of the number of asylum-seekers arriving in Finland this year, revising the figure from 50,000 to 30,000-35,000.


«Those thirty-odd thousand migrants will be a challenge. It is ten times are many asylum-seekers as last year,» Sipilä said.


He estimates that a sustainable yearly number of asylum-seekers entering the country would be around 10,000.