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Refugee Advice Centre provides legal couselling for asylum seekers, refugees and other immigrants in Finland. It is also an independent, non-governmental organization promoting the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Finland and following the asylum policy of the European Union.
The Finnish Refugee Advice Centre

The Finnish Refugee Advice Centre is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1988 by other Finnish NGOs. The Refugee Advice Centre provides legal aid and advice to asylum seekers, refugees and other foreigners in Finland. The Refugee Advice Centre has three offices in Finland.

Lawyers of the Refugee Advice Centre give legal aid to asylum seekers in different stages of the asylum procedure. The Refugee Advice Centre also works to promote the legal rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other foreigners. The organisation is recognised as an expert in refugee and aliens affairs in Finland. It is thereby heard by officials and the Parliament when new laws concerning foreigners are drafted.

The Refugee Advice Centre works in close co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as European refugee organisations. The Refugee Advice Centre is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) which represents 70 refugee organisations throughout Europe.

Helsinki office

Kaisaniemenkatu 4 A, 6.krs
00100 Helsinki
tel +358 (0)75 7575 100 (lnf + 5.57 cents/min, mcf + 13.64 cents/min)
fax +358 (0)75 7575 120
e-mail: pan(at)

Opening hours during weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Executive Director Elina Castren, tel +358 (0)75 7575 100

Information and Media Officer Sanna Rummakko, +358 (0)75 7575 124, +358 (0)45 312 7593

e-mails: firstname.lastname(at)

Oulu office

Kirkkokatu 9 A 16
90100 Oulu
tel +358 (0)75 7575 105
fax +358 (0)8 5578 030

Opening hours during weekdays 9-12 am and 13-16 pm.