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State to reimburse municipalities for the costs of asylum seekers’ urgent social services

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 26.10.2017 13.47
Press release 153/2017

The Government proposes that the State reimburse municipalities for the costs of urgent social services when the person receiving the service has been refused international protection and is no longer entitled to reception services.

Municipalities would be reimbursed for the costs of organising temporary housing as an urgent necessary social service and for the costs of arranging food and necessary medication. A condition for the reimbursement would be that the municipality has made an appealable decision to provide a necessary social service on the application by a person who has been refused asylum.

Reimbursing municipalities for the costs of urgent social services constitutes a division of costs between central and local government; it is not a new task for the local authorities or a new service for those living in the country illegally.

The amendment to the Social Welfare Act has been prepared as part of the action plan of the ministerial working group on migration to prevent and manage illegal stay in the country. The amendment should enter into force on 1 January 2018.

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