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Finnish PM pledges to provide his house to refugees

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he is willing to provide his little used house to refugees, reported Finnish media on Saturday.

Sipila travels to Oulu, northern Finland, later on Saturday to discuss issues on accommodating arriving asylum seekers with the local authorities. At the same time, he will also hand over his house in Kempele near Oulu for settling refugees, said the national broadcaster Yle, Xinhua reported.

The prime minister said he had agreed with his family about the decision and it would be available from the end of this year.

The prime minister said he would like to encourage Finns to help refugees arriving in Finland. He also called on Finnish churches and non-governmental organisations to help with the growing need for accommodation.

“I hope this becomes some kind of people’s movement that will inspire many to shoulder part of the burden in this refugee housing crisis,” Sipila was cited as saying.

Since the beginning of this year, a large number of refugees have poured into the European Union. The refugee crisis has become “the most serious problem” in Europe.

According to the latest figures published by the International Organisation for Migration, there have been 237,000 illegal immigrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe.