Ali’s journey (May 20, 2018): Last full day in Mikkeli, Finland

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In the past months, we have followed twenty-one-year-old Ali’s difficult life in Finland as a young asylum seeker.* He’s been detained and sent to the Joutseno immigration center in October for 32 days and again in February for a shorter time. On both occasions, he was released but decided that he’d return to Iraq “voluntarily” after the supreme administrative court overturned his appeal.Ali is a converted Christian and is a member of the Pentecostal Church of Mikkeli, where he’s lived at an asylum reception center during most of his stay in Finland.

“I went to the church today, and they gave me their blessings,” he said. “I’ve said goodbye to some of my friends at the camp. It hasn’t been an easy day because the reception center has become my home with friends I know for a long time.”

Ali’s stay in Finland and Germany was about a year and a half.

“The journey to Finland from Iraq feels shorter than the one tomorrow back to Iraq because hope fueled it,” he said. “But the journey back to Iraq feels that it will be longer because there are a lot of question marks and mixed feelings.”

Ali admits that he has not slept well during the last weeks.

“A lot of good things happened to me in Finland but a lot of bad things as well,” he continued, adding that his detention in Joutseno was one of the low points of his stay in the country.

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Migrants’ Rights Network – Windrush: Where next in whirlwind of national chaos?

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By Rita Chahda

We all thought Windrush was a moment in British immigration history that would not be forgotten. In the last weeks we have seen its legacy degraded by heartless immigration bureaucracy, with many people’s agony prolonged – for years, as we know – by the usual ministerial evasion of awkward questions.


Read the original op-ed piece here.

We need to hold the government accountable by demanding practical action in light of what has happened. The compensations announced just recently are welcome, although it remains to be seen how individuals will be compensated for being made to live in fear, exile or destitution.

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Länsi-Savo: Muistaako Kaj Turunen, mitä mieltä oli aikaisemmin?

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Kaj Turusen kirjoitus (L-S 8.5.) herätti paljon kysymyksiä toisen kauden kansanedustajasta, joka on loikannut kaksi kertaa vuoden sisällä. Ensin perussuomalaisista, jossa hän on ollut jäsen monta vuotta, ja nyt sinisestä tulevaisuudesta kokoomukseen.

Turusen mukaan puheenjohtaja Jussi Halla-aho, joka sai vuonna 2012 tuomion kiihottamisesta kansanryhmää vastaan ja uskonrauhan rikkomisesta, on syy hänen lähtöönsä perussuomalaisista. Turunen sanoo, ettei sietänyt Halla-ahon ”väkivaltaisia ja rasistisia kirjoituksia.”


Lue alkuperänen kirjoitus tästä tai Itä-Savossa.

Turusen olisi hyvä muistaa, että kun hän oli perussuomalainen kansanedustaja, löytyi paljon muita kiihkoilijoita, jotka tavoittelivat valtaa maahanmuuttovastaisella ja vastakkaisasettelun sanomalla.

Muistaako hän entisiä puoluetovereitaan, kuten James Hirvisaari, Olli Immonen, Juho Eerola, Laura Huhtasaari, Teuvo Hakkarainen, Jari Ronkainen, Terhi Kiemunki ja monet muut?

Eikö Turunen muista kun hän oli Huhtasaaren kanssa samaa mieltä siitä, että perustuslakia on muutettava niin, että suomalaisia kohdeltaisiin paremmin kun maahanmuuttajia?

Miksei Turunen koskaan puhunut näiden vuosien aikana siitä väkivaltaisesta ilmapiiristä, jota nämä kansanedustajat ja puolue yhä levittävät? Miksi Turusen herätys tapahtui vasta nyt?

Hänen selityksensä eivät kuulosta uskottavilta, ennemminkin krokotiilin kyyneleiltä.

Enrique Tessieri
Hamid H Alsammarraee
Veyisi Zengil
Masoumeh Rajaei
Kansainvälinen Mikkeli ry

Little to no trust in the Finnish police profits those who exploit needy migrants

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Migrant Tales gets a steady stream of accounts of exploited asylum seekers by unscrupulous employers. Some of the stories are tragic since they push asylum seekers, who get paid under the table, to do the company’s criminal work.

The last person that such migrants would turn to for help is the police. The police in Finland has shown time after time that it is no friend of the migrant community never mind that of undocumented migrants.

With the help of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, who heads the most anti-immigration governments in a long time, the police have lost chunks of their credibility with asylum seekers, who are in contact with them when they break them the news at the police station of their second rejection or hold them like common criminals in cells and deport them back to their home countries.

If the police and authorities had credibility with asylum seekers and migrants, a lot of crimes such as human trafficking would come to light. This is an unfortunate situation because the culprits are making money off people who have no rights in this country.

While there is little interest in the Finnish media about how migrants are exploited by greedy employers never mind politicians sticking up for them, Migrant Tales will always stay true to these people exposing those who exploit them.

We will stand by them even if few would care less.

Migration Summer School 26/7/2018 – 1/8/2018 in Athens, Greece

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Migrant Tales received the following mail from Dr. Theodoros Fouskas. 

Check it out.

2018 MIGRATION SUMMER SCHOOL (MIGSS) on Precarious Labour, Human Trafficking, & Social Exclusion in Europe

A unique summer program with on-site visits in Greece

26 July- 1 August 2018 EPLO premises in Sounion

  • Α 7-day program in English will offer a state-of-the-art overview of the most important theoretical debates and research findings on migration, precarious work, human trafficking and social exclusion.
  • Open for Practitioners and Students of all disciplines (i.e. Sociology, Social Policy, International Relations, Human Rights, Economics et al.)
  • On-Site Visits to Reception Facilities & NGOs
  • Meet key academics and experts working in the field
  • Esp. for PhD s: Get feedback on your work

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Facebook Anneli Juise Friman Lindeman: Täällä ei palvela romaneita

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Suomi 2018 ja Helsingissä. Nainen, joka on työssä Kehä III Neste K:ssa ei halua palvela romaneita. 

Tässä video.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: The use and spread of torture has been a key component of US foreign policy

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Why is it that when the US media speaks of the use of torture, they near-always refer to post 9/11. It is wrong because it gives the impression that the systematic use of torture happened during George W. Bush’s administration (2001-2009) watch. The CIA and the US were not only promoters in spreading torture in other countries but developing torture “infrastructure” and techniques. The US media would stop misleading us about this outlandish practice.


Henry Kissinger, or known as “Killinger” by his enemies, was one of the avid salespersons as secretary of state (1973-77) in promoting military dictatorship in Latin America and the use of torture. Read the full story.

New investigation finds Laura Huhtasaari’s plagiarism of master’s thesis more extensive than originally believed

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A new investigation of the plagiarism of far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party vice president and MP Laura Huhtasaari’s master’s thesis showed that “major parts” were copied and were more extensive than Jyväskylä’s University’s conclusions, according to YLE News.

An investigation by the university earlier this year of Huhtasaari’s plagiarism showed about 10% was copied, but an investigation by MOT journalists revealed that about 30% of her thesis was directly copied from just one source.

Here is the question: Why does the university say one thing and the MOT journalists’ report says another? Will there be another investigation?

The fact that the university came to one conclusion and an investigation by YLE showed more extensive plagiarism does not make the university look good. If Jyväskylä University wants to protect its credibility, it would be vital for it to answer the MOT journalists’ findings.

Before the master’s thesis scandal in January, Reija Härkönen revealed how Huhtsaari had plagiarised the writing of others in her blog entries.



* After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity.  One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.