About undocumented migrants

Definition of undocumented migrant

An undocumented migrant is someone who is living in Finland without the legal right to do so. An undocumented migrant’s residence is not officially known to, or permitted by the authorities.

There are also people in Finland who are in a similar position as undocumented migrants. They have the right to reside in Finland but are not entitled to social and healthcare services.

The lack of a passport or other identification alone does not make a person undocumented.

Asylum seekers are not undocumented because they have permission to reside in Finland while their asylum application is being processed.