Furthermore, only 409 of the refugees came from Syria, with the majority of the migrants – nearly 14 thousand people – arriving from Iraq.
According to the ministry's estimates, the total number of refugees expected to arrive in the country this year alone totals 50,000 people.
Meanwhile, over half of the respondents of an opinion poll conducted by Taloustutkimus believe that the majority of migrants will be unable to secure employment and will resort to living on welfare, thus creating an additional strain on the country’s struggling economy. About a third of the respondents did not agree with this forecast.
Additionally, about two thirds of the respondents said that they don’t believe that migrants pose a threat to the Finnish cultural and ethnic identity.
The poll was conducted by Taloustutkimus for Yle, with 1,001 respondents from various age groups participating.