Asylum seekers waiting for the decision on asylum are not included in the statistics of this website since they do not have an official place of domicile in Finland. In 2017, 5,046 people applied for asylum in Finland. This was significantly fewer than in 2015 when the number of applicants totaled 32,476 people. In 2017, more than every fifth applicant was from Iraq. The next largest groups of applicants were nationals of Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.

In 2017, Helsinki received a total of 851 people who were either quota refugees or asylum seekers that had been granted a residence permit. Many asylum seekers move from their first placement to some other municipalities, usually to bigger cities.