Finland will expel nearly 20,000 migrants before August, following a decision by neighbouring Sweden to deport some 80,000 asylum seekers.
The majority of those to be returned are from Iraq, said a senior official for the Finnish Interior ministry.
Close to 62 pc of those who sought asylum in Finland last year will receive a “negative decision” said Permanent Secretary Paivi Nerg.
“This is around the normal percentage… 20,000 is the estimate we are working with at the moment but the number of asylum seekers who decide to return voluntarily could change it.”
About 4,000 asylum seekers had already withdrawn their applications, she added.
In 2014, Finland rejected the applications of some 3,600 asylum seekers, close to 56 pc.