Press Release, The Finnish Immigration Service 27.10.2015
The Finnish Immigration Service has updated its guidelines concerning Somalia. The end result is very similar to the updated guidelines on Iraq which were issued last week; the security situation has improved especially in Mogadishu, which affects the decision-making in asylum matters at the Finnish Immigration Service.
The situation in Somalia is still difficult and the poor living conditions pose an additional challenge in large parts of the country. Compared with the Finnish Immigration Service’s previous assessment, the security situation has improved in southern and central Somalia. All people who come from these regions cannot be considered to run a personal risk of falling victim to violence.
The applications for international protection are examined individually and decided on the basis of the person’s statement concerning personal persecution. The facts obtained are compared with the available information on the security situation in different regions of Somalia.
There are several people among Somali asylum seekers who belong to groups that are potentially at risk according to the UNHCR and are often considered to be in need of international protection. During the individual assessment, special attention is paid to these groups, which include women and children, persons belonging to sexual minorities, those who break the Islamic sharia law and the rules of al-Shabaab as well as victims of forced recruitment.
The Asylum Unit of the Finnish Immigration Service re-examined the guidelines using the up-to-date information from its Country Information Service. The internal situation in Somalia varies in different areas. The Finnish Immigration Service continues to follow the situation and pays close attention to any changes.
Esko Repo, Director of Asylum Unit, tel. 0295 430 431, email@example.com