A deportees’ round-trip journey to a former hell and back

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Ali, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is an asylum seeker, was deported with his wife on Tuesday from Helsinki to Baghdad. In Baghdad, he took a plane back to Finland. He is now staying with his wife at an asylum reception center in Greater Helsinki. 

“The journey started at 9:30 am [Tuesday] from Helsinki, where we flew to Paris,” said Ali. “After Paris, we were flown to Amman [Jordan]. The police in Jordan were mean. Even if I pleaded not to send us back to Baghdad, they sent us anyway.”


Instructions given to people who are deported – voluntarily or by force – from Finland to Iraq.

Ali said that both of them felt exhausted after such a long ordeal and trip.

The Iraqi asylum seeker, who came to Finland in 2015 and who has five rejections for asylum from the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), said that he was applying fora car mechanic job opening in Helsinki.

“My chances to try out for the job ended because I was deported,” he said. “I want to work and live off my own money in Finland.”

Ali and his wife don’t know what will be their fate and awaits them in Finland.

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