Finland to imprison illegal migrants from January 2019

Source: Violation of inmates may give prison from the beginning of 2019 – Article – Ministry of Justice

The President of the Republic today adopted amendments to the law by which a new provision on violation of the ban on entry is added. To date, violation of the prohibition has generally led to fines for foreigners offenses. In the future, the punishment for breach of the ban shall be fines or imprisonment for a maximum of one year.

According to the new provision, a foreigner arrives in Finland despite the fact that he or she has been given a valid injunction ban on crimes. The act enters into force at the beginning of 2019.

The intention is that, for violation of the ban on entry, better than hitherto, it should be possible to determine a penalty that corresponds to the misdemeanor’s deed. The change is also expected to have a preventive effect. At the same time, provision is made for acts that are punishable as criminal offenses.

Further information :
Janne Kanerva, Legislative Council, tel. 02951 50176, e-mail:

The decision of the presidential decree of 19 December 2018 is available on this page (in Finnish) .

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