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Pihlajalinna Oyj: Pihlajalinna Oyj:Pihlajalinna expands social services area to asylum seeker reception center operations

Pihlajalinna Oyj STOCK EXCHANGE October 5, 2015, at 8.00 (EET)

Pihlajalinna expands social services area to asylum seeker reception center

Finnish Immigration Service has asked for urgent help from the private social
and healthcare service companies to get enough reception premises for the
asylum seekers arriving to Finland. Hundreds of asylum seekers arrive to
Finland daily and the accommodation situation is critical.

The reception centers have so far been mainly established by the Finnish Red
Cross however due to the rapidly increasing amount of asylum seekers help is
needed also from the private service providers to solve the reception center
accommodation crisis.

Pihlajalinna has offered the Finnish Immigration Service to start reception
center operations immediately in three municipalities (Kokemäki, Kihniö and
Hämeenlinna) where the company already has operations. Pihlajalinna agreed
with the Finnish Immigration Services on Sunday October 4, 2015 that
Pihlajalinna will open three reception centers. The first two Pihlajalinna
reception centers will be opened on Wednesday the 7thOctober and one more on
Monday October 12. The three reception centers can facilitate approximately
350 asylum seekers. Pihlajalinna is investigating also other suitable target
premises for possibilities to expanding the reception center operations.
Before making decisions to initiate reception center operations in the areas
where Pihlajalinna has complete outsourcing operations it will be discussed
in advance with the municipalities.

Expanding the Pihlajalinna business operations to asylum seeker reception
center operations has significant synergies with company's current social
services production in municipalities it already operates.

Running the reception center operations requires suitable premises as well as
reasonable capability to produce the services. Pihlajalinna has comprehensive
experience of producing social and healthcare services to municipalities,
complete facilities, expert staff and 24/7 on-call emergency operations.

Pihlajalinna sees the production of the asylum seekers reception center
services alongside the Finnish Red Cross and other actors as a significant
action of corporate responsibility. Pihlajalinna will offer its available
resources to help to handle this extremely difficult situation as well as

More information:

Mikko Wirén, CEO, Pihlajalinna Oyj, 050-3220927

Terhi Kivinen, SVP, Communication, Marketing and IR, Pihlajalinna Oyj,



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