UPDATED Apr. 23: Asylum seekers that are detained by the police service and face deportation from Finland

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We are concerned about the ever-oppressive immigration policy of Finland towards asylum seekers who are undocumented. We believe that the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and the police service plan to deport many Iraqis and other refugees this year who have two rejections for asylum. 

This job of rounding up and detaining asylum seekers and putting them in immigration removal centers like Metsälä in Helsinki is being carried out by Migri and the police service. It has the blessings of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government.


Do deportations deter asylum seekers?
Finland has deported about 20,000 people to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan since 2011. Source: Yle.
Percentage of people that are deported after their request for asylum is turned down. Source: Yle.

Ninety  civil society organizations that attended the European Migration Forum on March 2-3 put out the following statement that question plans by the EU Commission to speed up and detain asylum seekers. They fear that the new measures will cause more harm and suffering.

The joint statement reads:

“There is no evidence that immigration detention or forced removal has a deterrent effect, or is sustainable. Detention and forced returns are extremely harmful practices that have long-lasting severe physical and mental health impacts as well as high risks of suicide. Re-emigration rates among returnees are high and forced removal has not been shown to lower the migration aspirations of the communities where people are returned to.”

Since these vulnerable people aren’t supposed to have a name, Migrant Tales started to publish from January 2017 a list of people who are detained, deported or released by the police service. We depend on tip-offs by the public at large to update our list, which can alert different NGOs, human rights activists and the media about the people that Finland plans to deport this year.

If you know of any asylum seeker that was detained by the police service and who is going to be deported, please get in touch with us at migranttalesblog@gmail.com.

لو علمت بان احد طالبي اللجوء في فنلندا يتم احتجازه بغرض الترحيل القسري , الرجاء اعلامنا على migranttalesblog@gmail.com


 

 

 


Stories published by Migrant Tales on the above-mentioned deportation cases

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An Iraqi asylum seeker in Finland tells us how he was exploited for a month by a Porvoo-based company called A-T Puhdistus

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One matter is clear when you live in a society and the country’s institutions see asylum seekers as inferior human beings we leave the door open to all kinds of abuse. A good example of how little power asylum seekers have in Finland is the  family of nine that has been locked up at the Joutseno immigration removal center. If an asylum seeker is lucky enough to get work, that too can become an exercise in exploitation.

Not only are white Finns exploiting asylum seekers and guilty of crimes like human trafficking, but foreigners as well who have lived in Finland for a long time and who should know better.


Go to website here.

One case that was reported to the police was by Jihad Al Baghdadi, an asylum seeker from Iraq who was hired to work in March for A-T Puhditus, a Porvoo-based company that does subcontracting work for construction companies.

Al Baghdadi said that he wants us to publish this story about what happened to him at A-T Puhdistus because he doesn’t  “give a shit any more” what happens to him. 

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Fazerin logo on laitettu Kärkkäisen proagandalehteen ilman lupaa

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Eilen julkaisin tänne Migran Tales -julkaisussa seuraava kirjoitus:

Moneen kotiin on tullut Juha Kärkkäisen oman kaupan ilmaisjakelumainoslehti KauppaSuomi. Se ei ole ainoastaan tuotteiden mainontaa, vaan mainosten seassa on artikkeleita, joissa vastustetaan monikulttuurisuutta, moninaisuutta, EU:ta, seksuaalivähemmistöä, jne. Yhdessä tekstissä syytetään juutalaista naistohtoria ”ongelmista”.

Juha Kärkkäinen on ollut aiemmin otsikoissa. Ylivieska-Raahen käräjäoikeus langetti vuoden 2013 Juha Kärkkäiselle 90 päiväsakkoa kiihottamisesta kansanryhmää vastaan. Magneettimedian kustantava tavarataloyhtiö J. Kärkkäinen Oy tuomittiin puolestaan 45 000 euron yhteisösakkoihin.

Ilmaisjakelulehdessä on eri tunnettujen yritysten logoja. Nämä yritykset ovat nyt tukemassa julkaisua, jossa lietsotaan vihaa ja kaunaa monikulttuurisessa ja moninaisessa arjessa eläviä suomalaisia vastaan.

Finlayson on tullut tunnetuksi siitä, että veti tuotteidensa myyntiä Kärkkäinen –kaupoista.

Tässä lista KauppaSuomi –lehden sivuilta löytyvien logojen yrityksistä:

Iittala, Sievi, Sako, Savotta, Fazer, Opal, Fiskars, Airam, Lego, Hackman, Espirit, Timberlan.

Seuraavien yritysten mainokset löytyvät samasta ilmaisjakelulehdestä:

Salvos, Sailioykkoset, Jetta, Kymppi-remontit.

Tänään sain tietää, että Fazer on lähettänyt viestin Migrant Talesin päätoimittajalle. Fazerin logo on laitettu Kärkkäisen propagandalehteen ilman Fazerin lupaa. Tänään sain tietää, että Fazer on lähettänyt viestin Migrant Talesin päätoimittajalle. Fazerin logo on laitettu Kärkkäisen propagandalehteen ilman Fazerin lupaa. Fazer sanoo toimivansa aina arvojensa ja eettisten periaatteiden mukaan kunnioittaen jokaisen yksilön arvoa eikä suvaitse minkäänlaista syrjintää tai loukkauksia.

Arvostan sitä, että Finlayson ja Fazer eivät myy omia arvojaan.

Finland plans to deport another family with four children aged 1 to 6 years to Iraq

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Even if former Finnish President Tarja Halonen (2006-2012) said today that deportations of asylum seekers should be suspended until the authorities  have updated their security information of Afghanistan, Iraq and especially Syria, according to YLE News, there are plans to deport yet another Iraqi family with four children to their home country on Friday, April 28.  

The youngest child of the family is about a year old and the eldest 6 years.

One of the sources that is trying to help this family and who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the family is in danger in Iraq because their mother could face an honor killing for not having the consent of her parents upon getting married.

“The family has two rejections for asylum and they are staying at the asylum reception center in Pori,” the person said. “I wish our government would follow the law and not return women and children back to conflict areas where they are put in harm’s way.”

The Finnish Constitution doesn’t allow minors and adults to be deported to war zones.

Section 9 of the Constitution guarantees:

“The right of foreigners to enter Finland and to remain in the country is regulated by an Act. A foreigner shall not be deported, extradited or returned to another country, if in consequence he or she is in danger of a death sentence, torture or other treatment violating human dignity.”

Three of the four children of the Iraqi family posing in the picture could be deported from Finland next week.

Taking into account the the number of deportations to countries like Iraq will pick up this year, the Finnish parliament approved in December that children can be locked up like common criminals like in the case of the Iraqi family of nine at the Joutsen immigration removal center.

All the Finnish parties except for the Greens, Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party voted in favor of the law, according to a statement by Amnesty International.

 

Vihapuheen rahoittajat

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Moneen kotiin on tullut Juha Kärkkäisen oman kaupan ilmaisjakelumainoslehti KauppaSuomi. Se ei ole ainoastaan tuotteiden mainontaa, vaan mainosten seassa on artikkeleita, joissa vastustetaan monikulttuurisuutta, moninaisuutta, EU:ta, seksuaalivähemmistöä, jne. Yhdessä tekstissä syytetään juutalaista naistohtoria ”ongelmista”.

Kärkkäisen suomalaisuuden määritelmä on rajallinen.

Juha Kärkkäinen on ollut aiemmin otsikoissa. Ylivieska-Raahen käräjäoikeus langetti vuoden 2013 Juha Kärkkäiselle 90 päiväsakkoa kiihottamisesta kansanryhmää vastaan. Magneettimedian kustantava tavarataloyhtiö J. Kärkkäinen Oy tuomittiin puolestaan 45 000 euron yhteisösakkoihin.

Ilmaisjakelulehdessä on eri tunnettujen yritysten logoja. Nämä yritykset ovat nyt tukemassa julkaisua, jossa lietsotaan vihaa ja kaunaa monikulttuurisessa ja moninaisessa arjessa eläviä suomalaisia vastaan.

Finlayson on tullut tunnetuksi siitä, että veti tuotteidensa myyntiä Kärkkäinen –kaupoista.

Tässä lista KauppaSuomi –lehden sivuilta löytyvien logojen yrityksistä:

Iittala, Sievi, Sako, Savotta, Fazer, Opal, Fiskars, Airam, Lego, Hackman, Esprit, Timberland.

Seuraavien yritysten mainokset löytyvät samasta ilmaisjakelulehdestä:

Salvos, Sailioykkoset, Jetta, Kymppi-remontit.

Defining white Finnish privilege #34: Building a political career on privilege and nativist nationalism

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Social Democrat MP Satu Taavitsainen found herself in a lot of hot water this week after she published a picture of herself in Instagram wearing a fake Sámi dress. While this is a no-no because minorities like the Sámi may see it as cultural appropriation, an MP like Taavitsainen should know better. 

But she didn’t, and hasn’t.

She claims that the Sámi dress she published a picture of in Instragram was made by a tailor for her mother and wanted to show it off. However, this is not the first time that the MP from Mikkeli has dressed up in Sámi attire. In the 2015 parliamentary elections, she was pictured wearing a four winds Sámi hat, called čiehgahpir.

That picture above can no longer be found on her website.

While this whole affair raises a lot of question, why did Taavitsainen want to show off to her many Intagram followers her fake, or feikkigáktien, Sámi dress?

What’s wrong with what she did anyway?

If the SDP MP would have taken a little time to study the history of the Sámi and what they think in today’s Finland, she’d understand why it’s advisable not to do what she did. The reaction against what she did is one of many eamples.

Another problem that should be highlighted is not the physical dress per se but the message it sends about a minority like the Sámi.

For one, Taavitsainen, a white Finn, has the privilege and power to be “a Sámi” for a day if she wishes without carrying the burden of history of these people, which they must endure 365 days of the year.

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A member of the Solidiers of Odin carried out attack on #cupofteawithme demonstration in Oulu on April 7

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On April 7 at 4:40am the #cupofteawithme demonstration in Oulu was attacked when three unlit petrol bombs were thrown at the tent. One of the suspects, a member of the vigilante group Soldiers of Odin, was detained by the police, according to YLE. The police found as well two sticks of dynamite at the suspect’s home.

The police are investigating the attack on the demonstration as unlawful threat, an act of vandalism, and illegal possession of explosives.

On March 31, the Iraqi demonstrators were forced to move from the Oulu city center to Torinranta, a worse location since there are fewer people and apparently more dangerous and prone to attacks.

The #cupofteawithme demonstration in Oulu started [on March 11] as a show of support to the #righttolife demonstration in Helsinki organized by Afghans, Iraqis and Finns.

Read the full story here.

Helsinki Times: A rebuttal to Ville Tavio

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An op-ed piece published by the Helsinki Times on April 11 by Finns Party (PS) MP Ville Tavio is a good example of why migrants, minorities and sensible Finns should react and be concerned about the type of country some politicians want to steer Finland towards becoming.

Just as the headline of the op-ed piece is problematic, so are many of the arguments that Tavio sets forth. For example, the PS MP sees the movement of asylum seekers to Europe as an economic factor. He claims that Europe is an “attractive” destination for asylum seekers that “lack the necessary skills for employment and the will to adopt local habits and values.”

Read the full rebuttal here.

For one, somebody should tell Tavio that the vast majority of asylum seekers don’t come to Europe. It is only a minority. Most of them settle in countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and others. Moreover, the underlying reason why a minority of these asylum seekers came to Europe was because of war, as well as our values related to social equality and human rights.

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