The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) announced in May that countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia are “safe” to return refugees who get their asylum applications rejected. Migrant Tales documented two deaths and one shooting of Iraqi asylum seekers that returned recently to Iraq.
When asked about such cases, Migri tweets the following: “Good morning Marianne. Without confirmation we cannot comment on the fate of those [asylum seekers] that have been refused to stay [in Finland].”
We would like to introduce Reza Hasani, a naturalized Finn originally from Afghanistan, who got shot and killed on September 19, or seven days after he got married in the capital Kabul.
Can Migri comment on this death? There are certificates and the case is documented in Finland.
According to a friend, Hasani returned to Afghanistan after eight years of residence in Finland. He thought that those that wanted him killed had forgotten about the whole matter. Apparently his killers hadn’t forgotten him.
Hasani was about 35 years old.
Reza Hasani’s Facebook page.
“[Hasani] wanted to be a fireman,” the source told Migrant Tales. “After they killed him, we decided that it’s better we don’t return to Afghanistan because it isn’t safe.”
While Migri makes its own assessments about “safe” countries real people like Hasani get killed.
Just like the Iraqi asylum seekers Hussein Ali Shawi Al-Frajas and Ahmed Kadhin Ali Alsultani, who were killed this summer and had wives and children, Hasani left only a widow grieving.
What is the most sinister aspect of these deaths is that they are political. The populist anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party has seen its poll ratings nosedive recently. Their partners in government, the Center Party and National Coalition Party, are trying to help the PS’ standings in the polls by agreeing to tighten immigration policy and send people to so-called “safe” countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.
When will the Finnish public and media wake up to this sham?
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”