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Finnish PM Juha Sipila offers his spare home to relieve distressed refugees

Juha sipila, juha sipila home, sipila home for refugees, sipila spare home migrants, European migrant crisis, europe refugee crisis, finland Prime Minister, finnish PM SIpila, world news, latest news, europe news Amid European migrant crisis, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is hoping to set an example for his countrymen by opening his own spare house to refugees. (Source: AP file photo)

Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila said on Saturday he would offer his home to refugees. Finnish PM Sipila says he is ready to open his house for refugees, and they can move in on January 1, 2016.

As EU leaders struggle to agree policies to cope with a huge influx of migrants, many fleeing war in Syria, Sipila said his home in Kempele, northern Finland, was little used at the moment and would house asylum seekers from the start of next year.

Juha sipila, finland, juha sipila home, sipila home for refugees, sipila spare home migrants, refugees, European migrant crisis, europe refugee crisis, finland Prime Minister, finnish PM SIpila, world news, latest news, europe news A view of Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipila’s house in Kempele, Finland. Sipila said that after some discussions and consultation with local authorities, he and his wife decided to make their house in Kempele can be available as of Jan. 1. (Source: Timo Heikkala/Lehtikuva via AP) 

Sipila told Finnish broadcaster YLE Saturday morning that his family has a house in Kempele that they no longer use since moving to Helsinki. “We should all take a look in the mirror and ask how we can help,” Sipila told national broadcaster YLE.

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He said an EU plan to distribute 120,000 refugees arriving in Greece, Italy and Hungary to countries around the European Union should be voluntary and hoped Finland could show an example.

Details of how to apply and how many people the house could accommodate weren’t immediately available.

Last month, Finland’s interior ministry said it expects that up to 15,000 people would apply for asylum in the country10,000 higher than previous estimates.

Finland’s government on Saturday doubled its estimate for the number of asylum seekers in the country this year to up to 30,000.

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