Russia has closed down some of their borders as migrants desperately try to sneak into Europe via the Arctic.
The extreme route has seen a dramatic escalation in migrant chaos as a border clampdown leaves thousands stranded across the Balkans and Greece.
The number of people applying for aslyum at the freezing Arctic crossings has already doubled from what it was for the entirety of last year.
Russia and Finland have now agreed to temporarily close their Arctic border to migrants.
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to tighten controls at the joint Arctic border in a move to halt the illegal crossing of migrants.
For the next 180 days, only citizens of Finland, Belarus and Russia will be allowed to make it over the countries’ two northernmost border-crossing points of Salla and Lotta.
The Finnish President Niinistö said: “The aim of the restriction is to prevent organized illegal entry into Finland.
“In accordance with its EU commitments, Finland aims to prevent the creation of new illegal immigration routes.”
However, the unprecedented border shutdown means that even those from EU countries will be banned from crossing the border for the next six months.
As the weather improves and the main Balkan route through Turkey and Greece becomes increasingly difficult to cross, Finland and Russia feared that their Arctic border could become a more popular route into the EU.
More than 1,500 people have applied for asylum at the