UPDATED Mar. 20: 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?

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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The two extremes claim by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the government is nothing more than an Okie from Muskogee

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Ever since Finnish President Sauli Niinistö characterized the ongoing debate on migrants, migration, asylum seekers and minorities as a debate between two extremes, the big question is who is the other extreme? 

This “two-extreme” characterization of the debate by Niinistö and government ministers like Paula Risikko reveals their ignorance and objection to the debate. It shows as well their hope that the debate will be between white people in this country.

As everyone knows, Migrant Tales together with many anti-racism activists do not consider ourselves as “extremists” but normal folk that support human rights, Nordic values and cultural diversity.

It’s clear that politicians like Niinistö, the government and many others see these types of values with suspicion and contempt. That is one reason why they dub the debate as “two extremes.”

US President Richard Nixon, facing impeachment and a challenge from liberal and progressive sectors, used the same tactic by stating that it was a minority that opposed him and that law-abiding USAmericans, the silent majority, like the Okie from Muskogee, who was behind him.

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1977 – 25 de marzo – 2017: La muerte de Rodolfo Walsh y su amistad con Horacio Aníbal Maniglia

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Todo empezó allá por 1944 cuando Rodolfo Walsh tenía 17 años y contestó un aviso en un diario porteño de la Editorial Hachette, situado en pleno centro de la capital, en la calle Maipú 41. La editorial buscaba un traductor de carácter permanente del inglés al castellano.  

En aquel entonces, Hachette tuvo por muchos años unas ediciones de bolsillo literatura universal, libros para la juventud, la divulgación científica y otra dedicada a la novela policial.  La novela policial tiene un desarrollo muy grande durante los años 40 en los Estados Unidos, y se seleccionaba obras de escritores de novelistas policiales que se traducían del inglés al castellano.

“Entonces, una de las personas que se presentó para el trabajo era Rodlfo Walsh,” dice Horacio Guillermo Maniglia, hijo de Horacio Aníbal Maniglia, quien había contratado a Walsh en Hachette. “El era joven y por ser de familia irlandesa siendo argentino y haberse educado en colegios irlandeses, conocía obviamente muy bien el inglés.”

Horacio Aníbal Maniglia y su esposa Carmen en la puerta de su casa de la calle José Bonifacio en Buenos Aires.

Maniglia dice que su padre, Walsh le pareció ser una persona muy inteligente y muy capaz y es por eso que lo tomó como empleado permanente.

“Se desempeñó muy bien y a los veinte años le tocó a hacer el servicio militar,” continúa Maniglia. “Hizo el servicio militar y le mantuvieron el puesto porque ya había acreditado capacidades. En 1953 publica su primer libro, ‘Variaciones en rojo,’ y lo dedica a mi padre.”

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Finnish ministry of interior survey about our “polarized debate” on asylum seekers reveals the government’s prejudices and failures

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A new study published Tuesday by the interior ministry and carried out by Vaasa University raises some disturbing questions. What does the survey address and what does it reveal?

One of the many claims of the survey is that those surveyed want a more dispassionate public debate about asylum policies.

An interior ministry statement reads: “Finns would like to be able to discuss asylum policy without the fear of being stigmatized; the discourse should be relevant and fact-based. The issues that were highlighted in the discourse on asylum policy were social polarization, promotion of integration activities during the asylum seeking process and the impact of the asylum seeker situation on security.”

Other findings of the survey reveal already known tough public views about asylum seekers. For example, 82% of the respondents felt that it should be made perfectly clear to those asylum seekers that get a residence are obliged to follow our social rules  and that language courses should be emphasized (87%).

The survey doesn’t tell us what those “rules” are for the simple fact they most likely don’t know either.


Read the full statement here.

Other findings of the survey published in Helsingin Sanomat include: 83% responded that if an asylum seeker lies in the the interview process to get asylum it should affect directly his or her chances of getting a residence permit; 78% felt that the police should forcibly deport those who get rejected for asylum if they do not leave the country.

Other matters that the survey showed was that asylum seekers cause social conflicts (59%), increase crime (57%) and the threat of terrorism (64%).

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Iraqi and Afghan demonstration protestors attacked in Helsinki by Finnish thugs

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It’s clear from the comments of far-right Suomi Ensin protestors and even of some Helsinki city councilors that they want the #righttolive demonstration that has been going on since February to end. Even so, far-right demonstrators are confident that the police and Finnish political establishment is on their side that they video and upload an attack against two demonstrators of the #righttolive camp. 

Writes Saku Timonen in his blog: “This [far-right] Suomi ensin group constantly stirs conflict and provokes [the #righttolife demonstrators]. They would like to fight and when they’re about to they use an illegal weapon [spray].”

One of the most disturbing matters about the incident is the police, who are nowhere around and allegedly dragged their feet to capture the perpetrator, one of which is

Imagine if the asylum seeker demonstrators would have acted in the same way as these thugs?

Guess who uploaded this video? Right, Marco de Wit of far-right Suomen Ensi (Finland First). They have tried everything to make the lives of the asylum seekers protesting peacefully as difficult as possible. Interior Minister Paula Risikko visited the Suomen Ensi camp in February and gave them a thumbs up.

Writes Helsingin Sanomat: “At the end of the incident, a little over 20-year-old man’s face was sprayed [by the Finnish perpetrators with a pepper spray]. After this happened, the victim went to the closest restaurant to wash his face but he was followed by the group that had sprayed him [in the face]. These [Finns] threatened the man for a short while in the restaurant, according to the police.”

The hate speech and provocations are real.

Migrant Tales published a video below on Wednesday and attracted over 6,200 views.

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Hyvästi rasismi, tervetuloa arjen moninaisuus

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Ihmisrotuja on vain yksi. Sen nimi on ihminen. Siksi rasismi on käsitteenäkin virheellinen. Sen lisäksi se on surullinen ja pöyristyttävä. Niiden ulkoisesti havaittavien seikkojen, jotka tekevät meistä iloisesti erilaisia, kuten sukupuoli, alkuperä, fyysiset ominaisuudet tai äidinkieli, ei tule olla peruste minkäänlaiselle syrjinnälle. Syrjimättömyys on osa inhimillisyyttä ja osa hyvänä ihmisenä olemista.

Suomi ei ole koskaan ollut, ei ole nykyään eikä toivottavasti tule koskaan olemaankaan etnisesti yhtenäinen kansakunta. Suomi on moninainen maa. Vain erilaisten ihmisten kohtaamisesta ja erilaisten ajatusten yhteen sovittamisesta syntyy uutta ja kestävää. Uutta ajattelua, uusia tapoja toimia, uusia tapoja tuottaa tavaroita ja palveluja. Moninaisuus ei ole vain poliittinen tavoite, vaan myös ja varsinkin osa arkipäivää.

Hyvää rasismin vastaista viikkoa jokaiselle!

Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen,

lohjalainen kielten opettaja, YTM

Kuntavaaliehdokas

Suomi on moninainen maa. <3

MigriLeaks: Mikä on henkilökohtaista?

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Maahanmuuttoviraston Migrin linjan mukaan toissijaisen suojelun saaminen Irakissa edellyttää, että turvapaikanhakijalla on henkilökohtaiset perusteet vainolle:

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Migrin mielikuvituksella ei ole rajoja kun keksitään syitä miksi vaino EI olisi henkilökohtaista:

25-vuotias turvapaikanhakija Bagdadista on työskennellyt amerikkalaisille ja joutunut vuonna 2013 tappouhkausten kohteeksi koska häntä on pidetty vakoojana. Vuonna 2014 uhkaukset ovat jatkuneet ja perheen taloa on ammuttu. Vuonna 2016 isä on siepattu ja äiti pahoinpidelty.

Mutta koska oikeudenloukkaukset ovat kohdistuneet vuonna 2014 ja 2016 koko perheeseen ja myös todistajia on uhkailtu, Migrin mielestä vaino ei ole henkilökohtaista eikä pelko objektiivisesti perusteltua.

Migri kirjoittaa perusteluissaan näin:

”Koska olit perheesi kokemaa uhkausta ja ampumavälikohtausta ennen siirtynyt asumaan kotikaupunkisi sisällä toiselle alueelle, ja uhkausten sisältönä oli muualle siirtyminen, uhkaus ei ole voinut kohdistua sinuun henkilökohtaisesti. Asiassasi ei ole myöskään esitetty mitään mikä antaisi perusteltua syytä epäillä, että vuoden 2014 uhkaus ja ampumavälikohtaus olisivat syy-yhteydessä vuonna 2013 saamaasi uhkaukseen ja aiempaan työhösi tai että niiden takana olisivat samat tahot… perheesi kotiin on hyökätty 2016, äitisi pahoinpidelty, isäsi siepattu ja asiasta tehty rikosilmoitus. Asiassa ei ole esitetty mitään, mikä antaisi perusteltua syytä epäillä, että nämä tapahtumat liittyisivät suoranaisesti sinun saamiisi uhkauksiin tai ampumavälikohtaukseen.”

Kuitenkin samaisessa KHO:n päätöksessä, johon Migri viittaa, toissijainen suojelu on myönnetty turvapaikanhakijalle, vaikka henkilöön itseensä ei ollut kohdistunut uhkaa:

“Muutoksenhakijan isällä on henkilökohtaisia ja vakavia kokemuksia mielivaltaisesta väkivallasta Bagdadissa. Nämä kokemukset…eivät yksin osoita, että…vaara koskisi juuri muutoksenhakijaa. Nämä kokemukset on kuitenkin otettava huomioon arvioitaessa koskeeko ulkomaalaislain 88 pykälän 1 momentin 3 momentissa tarkoitettu vaara juuri häntä.”

Seuraavassa turvapaikanhakijan negatiivinen päätös:

Olet hakenut Suomesta kansainvälistä suojelua. Olet kertonut turvapaikkapuhuttelussa hakevasi Suomesta kansainvälistä suojelua, koska olet saanut aseelliselta ryhmittymältä uhkauksia sen takia, että olet työskennellyt aiemmin amerikkalaisten joukkojen kanssa ja perheesi taloa on ammuskeltu.

Asianajajan toimittamat lisäselvitykset, joiden mukaan kotiinne on hyökätty, jolloin äitisi on pahoinpidelty, ja isäsi on siepattu, asiasta on tehty rikosilmoitus, joka on toimitettu Maahanmuuttovirastoon pahoinpidellyn äitisi valokuvien kanssa.

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How Sampo Terho’s essay in 2007 is still the norm but in a different context to fuel fear and racism of migrants and minorities

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Finnish Perussuomalaiset (PS)* parliamentary group leader Sampo Terho wrote a decade ago in Kanava an essay with the classic far-right populist rhetoric about the threat of migration. His point of view in the essay is not only sinister but was a central argument used by parties like the PS to attract voters and that their racism was “normal.”  

UPDATED (20.3): By publishing this baloney in a respected publication like Kanava, Terho’s aim is to substantiate his racist points of views.  

Many politicians who wrote racist things in the past and which helped them get elected want us to forget.

We cannot and should not forget for the sake of decency and respect for future generations.

Terho is not just any PS MP with racist views, but one that is vying to become chairman of the anti-immigration party after Timo Soini steps down in early June.

In a letter to the editor to Helsingin Sanomat, Terho claims that his or Halla-aho’s election to the helm of the party will not force it a path of “sheer darkness and evil.”

Columnist Yrjö Rautio wrote in Helsingin Sanomat Friday that if either Terho or Halla-aho become chairman of the PS it would not only mean the end of Soini’s populist project but a slip into “sheer darkness and evil.”

We disagree with part of Rautio’s analysis. The PS was always a party of “sheer darkness and evil” and its main architect is Soini.

Who is Terho anyway and what are his thoughts about migration and cultural diversity?

Even if the PS MP has tried to hide what he wrote in Kanava, it is a classic example of the racism and ethnocentrism that is spread by far-right and right-wing populist anti-immigration groups at the time to instill fear, hostility and racism against migrants and minorities.

Let’s look at some of the main points of Terho’s essay headlined, “European’s past and future.”

Read full essay here.
  • Terho groups humans in the essay into three racial groups: “Negroid, Mongoloid and Caucasian;”
  • The European population of Africans will grow three-fold by 2050;

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Announcement: Save people in Mosul event in Helsinki on March 21 at 11 AM-6 PM

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Mosul is a city located in the north of Iraq and the scene of some heavy fighting between groups like Isis and the Iraqi army. It has left hundreds of thousands of people from the area displaced. These people are being helped by Finnish and European relief organizations. 

Making matters worse is the Iraqi government, corruption and its total lack of caring for the Mosul civilian population.
“We want people in Finland to get a first-hand view of the humanitarian crisis in that city,” said one of the organizers, Muhammad M. “A Finnish women who recently visited the city will tell us about what she saw.”

According to Muhammad M., much of the reporting from Mosul has been under the protection of the Iraqi army but that the Finnish woman that went there visited the camps were there are some 250,000 displaced people.

“The Swedish media has pretty good coverage of what happens in Mosul but it’s the opposite in Finland,” he concluded. “I hope a lot of people attend the event.”
Go to Facebook invitation here.