TWO thirds of child refugees seeking asylum in Finland turned out to be adults, according to preliminary data from the Finnish Migration Board (Migri).
Officials carried out tests on 630 people last year and found more than 400 applicants claiming to be teenagers were older.
Over the past two years, the Migri immigration officials have looked at around 3,500 applications from juvenile applicants who arrived in Finland without their parents.
They are reportedly still working on decisions for around 400 children and adolescents.
Although a minor’s application is always processed as urgent, Migri’s consideration time for reaching a decision now stands at an average of 10 months.
The majority of adolescent asylum seekers who were granted asylum in Finland in 2016 were from Afghanistan (74 per cent), Iraq (11 per cent) and Somalia (6 per cent).
Deportations from Finland also doubled last year in comparison with 2015.
In 2016, 6,657 people were returned from Finland, of which 1,671 people received an assisted return – an escorted flight to their home country.