Finland May Require Illegal Immigrants To Wear Electronic Ankle Monitors


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The Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat reported that several
thousands of immigrants whose applications for political asylum have been
rejected continue to defy deportation rulings in Finland. 

The government is now working to pass
a bill that would impose the mandatory electronic ankle bracelets on illegal

Issuance of Electronic ankle monitors
– known in Scandinavia as “electronic fetters” – to immigrants is a cheaper
alternative to physical detention.

The Aliens Act requires several
conditions for the detention of illegal immigrants. These conditions include
the possibility of escape, suspicion of crime or a threat to national

With the ankle monitors, the Finnish
authorities would be able to monitor the illegals better. 

However, Finnish administration is
still mulling on whether children and minors will be included in the order.

If the bill is passed, all asylum
seekers would be required to wear electronic ankle monitors especially
immigrants with denied applications. 
Imprisonment would be reserved for individuals who will be deemed
threats to national security.

Data released earlier this year
showed that the number of paperless migrants in Finland who have opted to
remain in the country without a legal residence permit or despite being
rejected, rose to 8,000, up from the previous 4,000.

Researchers believe that the numbers
grew because government, municipalities, police and responsible agencies failed
to carry out deportation decisions. 

Finland’s major parties –the Social
Democrats and the Centre Party, pushed for the digital footwear bill while the
junior parties – the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party
had to accept the notion.

Administration remains divided on
immigration. While the major parties support strict refugee policy, the junior
parties aim to increase the existing migrant quota of 750.

Although it is possible for the
future government to raise the quota, analysts believe that it wouldn’t be as
high as the junior parties’ target.

The Social Democrats’ leader Antti
Rinne, who leads the government talks for the Social Democrats and aspires to
become Finland’s next prime minister has pledged to take immediate action.

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