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    Finland Will Reduce Social Security for Refugees

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    According to the Finnish Social Affairs Ministry, Helsinki will lower the level of social security for refugees.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Finland will significantly reduce the level of social guarantees provided to refugees in the country, Finnish Social Affairs and Health Minister Hanna Mantylan said Friday.

    "We assume that the level of social security [for refugees] will be significantly less than what it has been until now," Mantylan told Finnish broadcaster MTV3.

    She added that many refugees failing to integrate into Finnish society could not support themselves and asked for government assistance. She urged for an end to be put to the practice.

    On Wednesday, Finnish media reported Helsinki's intention to tighten requirements for refugees to invite their families into the country, as the migrant population is expected to increase significantly if relatives move to Finland.

    In recent months, the European Union has been struggling to manage with a massive influx of refugees, many of whom have fled conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and moved to EU countries, including Finland.

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