Asylum is granted to people fleeing persecution or serious harm in their own country and therefore in need of international protection. Asylum is therefore a fundamental right, granting it is an international obligation. (EU Commission. Migration, and home affairs)
There is greater need to improve asylum application processing time in Finland. The EU revised asylum procedures directive aims at a fairer, quicker, and better-quality asylum decisions. Also, the revised qualification directive clarifies the grounds for granting international protection and as such will make decisions more robust. It will also improve the access to rights and integration measures for beneficiaries of international protection.
The EU new law for processing asylum applications should be six months maximum. However, many asylum applications are still taking more than half a year or even longer to process. This is very frustrating and exhausting to the asylum seekers.
First, seeking asylum has always been a tough and risky adventure to most of the asylum seekers who make very difficult trips to get to mainland Europe and to Finland. Sometimes asylum seekers must walk for long hours, stay out in nature, crossing the dangerous Mediterranean Sea in small boats that can easily sink. Life for such asylum seekers irrespective of the basic care and needs provided by reception countries, is never easy. The long time in processing asylum applications only brings more mental challenges to an already fragile state of mind as most have already experienced trauma, deaths, wars, and immense suffering in their home countries. Asylum seekers spend way too much time worrying about their asylum application whether it will be accepted or not. Asylum seeking should not be like a lottery. Short processing time will ease integration and reduce the risks of stress and frustration and assist asylum seekers to plan for their respective futures as well.