Drones at Finland’s border with Russia

Finland will use drones to protect its border as a growing number of refugees and migrants are crossing under Schengen passport-free travel zone.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, Major Jussi Napola of the Finnish border guard declined to say why Helsinki wanted to run the drone tests along the border, where migrant movements have grown to become an issue at high-level bilateral meetings.

Last month, Finland criticised its eastern neighbour and former ruler for allowing increasing numbers of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa across their Arctic border.

Following ministerial meetings, the countries agreed to step up cooperation on the border.

Quoting Napola, Reuters reported that about 500 asylum seekers have come from Russia to Finland this year, compared with about 700 in the whole of 2015.

“The plan is to test the remote piloted aerial system in operational use at the Russian border and the coastal areas. We want to see if the technology suits our needs and if it is suitable for Finnish conditions”, Napola told Reuters.

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