About 12 thousand Ukrainian children who left from Ukraine after the Russian invasion lives in Finland.
According to Yle, according to Elina Pekkarinen, Commissioner for Children's Rights of Finland, about one in three of the 36,000 Ukrainians who have asked for temporary protection are minors.
About 600 children came to Finland without a guardian. Some of them arrived in Finland all alone, some, for example, with relatives. They live either in juvenile reception centers or with relatives in reception centers or in private accommodation.
According to Senior Inspector Maria Kunelius from the Migration Service, there are misconceptions about the measures taken in relation to children without a guardian . Therefore, not all children receive the services to which they are entitled.
“An unaccompanied child receiving temporary protection is always assigned a representative. For those living in private housing, a situation report is drawn up and an administrative decision is made regarding the housing in order to guarantee the rights of the child. Decisions take into account the opinion of the child, his relatives and, if possible, also the opinion of guardians in Ukraine,” she said.
According to the children’s ombudsman, special attention should be paid to the skills of staff who work with refugee children and provides them with psychological assistance.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich