The Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) does not regard the refugees arriving in Estonia under the EU migrant relocation and resettlement plan as posing a security threat as Estonia checks the background of every person it accepts, KaPo official Tarmo Raud said at an informational event in Pärnu on Monday.
Raud said that if any residents have their suspicions, they should make a call to KaPo just to be sure, reported regional newspaper Pärnu Postimees.
The KaPo official noted that radicalization is caused by failure to integrate. "When people have a lot of free time, they start doing stupid things," he said, adding that it is easy to find misinterpretations of Islam on the internet and that the Quran and Penal Code alike can be understood in the wrong way.
Raud said that according to the German Federal Intelligence Service, only about one percent of people among the refugees are connected to terrorism. Unlike Germany, however, Estonia carefully vets the people it allows to take up residence in the country and,when it comes to the number of people to whom Estonia has granted international protection, there is a similar number of people it has rejected as well.
"The reasons are different," said Raud. "Accepting people it doesn't know is not something that Estonia would do."
As of Nov. 9, Estonia, whose quota for two years is 550 individuals, has relocated 66 and resettled 11 quota refugees. Relocation indicates that the person arrived from elsewhere within the EU, such as from Greece or Italy, and resettlement indicates that the person arrived from a refugee camp outside of the EU, such as in Turkey.
The refugees that Estonia has accepted so far include 19 families, 23 men, 19 women and 35 children. There are six women who are either pregnant or have a newborn child, two elderly people as well as one person with a serious health condition among the refugees.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla