: Tougher security at Russia-Finland border to stem the flow of migrants

13:37 Apr. 10, 2016

Tougher security at Russia-Finland border to stem the flow of migrants

Refugees from the Middle East smoking outside the Greenwich (Grinvich) Hotel in the town of Kandalaksha, Murmansk Region, near the Salla crossing on the border to Finland

Only Russian, Belarussian and Finish citizens can cross the frontier

The border between Russia and Finland is now under stricter security procedures, according to an article published on Deutsche Welle.

Under the new measures, only Russian, Belarussian and Finish citizens, as well as their families, are allowed to cross the border. The increased restrictions come after a number of migrants attempted to cross into Europe from Russia. The new customs control procedure takes effect this Sunday, April 10. Authorities say the restrictions are not a permanent solution, and will only last about half a year.

Read also Finland to follow Sweden in expelling nearly 20,000 migrants

In 2015, thousands of migrants attempted to cross Russia's northern border in search of a better life in Europe. Some estimates list the number as high as 100 thousand. In December of last year, Finland's customs officials forbid to cross Finland-Russia border on a bicycle.

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