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 email@example.com.
لو علمت بان احد طالبي اللجوء في فنلندا يتم احتجازه بغرض الترحيل القسري , الرجاء اعلامنا على firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories published by Migrant Tales on the above-mentioned deportation cases
- Finland plans to deport another family with four children aged 1 to 6 years to Iraq (Apr. 23)
- A member of the Soldiers of Odin carried out attack on #cupofteawithme demonstration in Oulu on April 7 (Apr. 19)
- (Apu No. 6/11.2.2010) Loikkarin tarina: Suomi palautti Neuvostoliittoon – mitä sitten tapahtui? ( Apr. 17)
- الترحيل القسري لعائله الى العراق , سياسات رئيس الوزراء سيبيلا الخاصه بالهجره امر مشين ومخجل (Apr. 16)
- The flimsy bridge that bonds the Soldiers of Odin is racist hatred (Apr. 16)
- Deportation of family of nine from Finland: Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s asylum policy is a shame to all of us (Apr. 15)
- Does Finland’s Migri’s asylum policy hinge on the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset party? (Apr. 15)
- The fate of the Iraqi family of nine hangs in the balance (Apr. 14)
- Oppression doesn’t turn you into a terrorist, neither does poverty make you a racist (Apr. 12)
- A message from a 13-year-old asylum seeker girl that will be deported: “Good night” (Apr. 12)
- عائله عراقيه من كربلاء وصلت الى (Apr. 11)
- Finland to deport a family of nine to Iraq – youngest 1.5 years and the eldest 14 (Apr. 11)
- A dramatic Monday when demonstrators almost halted a deportation to Afghanistan (Apr. 3)
- The police “service” uses dogs to detain asylum seekers in Hyvinkää (Apr. 3)
- أجنبي، عاطل عن العمل ومستبعد من سوق العمل على الرغم من الطلاقة في اللغة الفنلندية (Apr. 3)
- Finnish Immigration Service starts to deport Afghans (Apr. 2)
- “MZ” is the latest Iraq asylum seeker to be deported from Finland to Iraq (Apr. 1)
- How interpreters, the police service and Finnish Immigration service mislead asylum seekers (Mar. 27)
- اشتباه مترجمان در اداره مهاجرت و پولیس (Mar. 27)
- MigriLeaks: Mikä on henkilökohtaista? (Mar. 20)
- لا استئناف لقرار الرفض لانك ستحصل على قرار سلبي في كل الاحوال (Mar. 14)
- Asylum seekers: Finland is not a country that abides by the rule of law (Mar. 14)
- Anomus Lex Gaudius: Maahanmuuttotoimistolle, poliisille ja hallituksille (Mar. 14)
- Announcement by Lex Gaudius: Immigration Service, police and government petition (Mar. 14)
- Finland’s interpretation of human rights is to turn you into an “undocumented migrant” and kick you out of the country – HELP! (Mar. 4)
- Farrah* and her three-year-old child: Don’t deport us to Iraq from Finland (Feb. 17)
- Iraqi asylum seeker FS: Deportation countdown begins (Feb. 15)
- A week in an asylum seeker’s life in Finland: legal limbo and deportation (Feb. 8)
- Hayder Al-Hatemi is freed from detention and becomes a momentary bright spot in the gloom that asylum seekers face in Finland (Feb. 2)
- Iraqi asylum seeker SH was released today after being detained since January 6 (Feb. 1)
- Iraqi asylum seeker being put on plane and deported today (Jan. 31)
- Detained Iraqi asylum seeker SH: “I hope to go back to work“(Jan. 30)
- A letter to the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä: “I plead with you so I can have my fiancé back at my side“(Jan. 29)
- رساله الى رئيس الوزراء يوها سيبيلا : اريد اعاده خطيبي الى جانبي (Jan. 29)
- Kirje Suomen Pääministerille Juha Sipilä: “Vetoan Tehin, haluan mieheni takaisin kotiin” (Jan. 29)
- DH’s Finnish fiancée speaks about his detention and possible deportation to Iraq: “This is so never-racking and unfair! (Jan. 25)
- الترحيل القسري هو الحل الاقل عداله والاكثر ايلاما ( خطيبه محتجز في قسم الشرطه ) (Jan. 25)
- ”CORRECTION sixth Iraqi asylum seeker detained by police facing deportation to Iraq (Jan. 25)
- پولیس فنلاند پناه جویان را به” اشتباه (Jan. 24)
- اخبار تشير الى ان الشرطه الفنلنديه تقوم بتضليل اللاجئين للتوقيع على العوده الطوعيه للعراق (Jan. 24)
- Finnish police allegedly “mislead” asylum seekers to sign their voluntary returns to Iraq (Jan. 24)
- UPDATED: Iraqi asylum seeker MS’ deportation from Oulu Airport in Finland postponed due to disorderly behavior (Jan. 24 & Jan. 25)
- Finnish Police detain fifth Iraqi asylum seeker in over two weeks they plan to deport (Jan. 22)
- Iraqi asylum seeker SH continues to be detained since January 6 (Jan. 21)
- هذا ما حدث عندما وصلت طائره علي المبعد الى العراق (Jan. 19)
- “Ali” tells us what happens when a deported Iraqi lands at Baghdad International Airport (Jan. 19)
- Jan. 6-18: Bittersweet days of despair in the lives of four detained Iraqi asylum seekers in Finland (Jan. 19)
- UPDATE: Third Iraqi asylum seeker called “Ali” deported this afternoon (Jan. 18)
- Iraqi asylum seeker apprehended by the police service on Jan. 6 expects to be released soon from detention (Jan. 17)
- Ambassador Matheel Dhayif Al-Sabti: Iraq will not accept forced deportations from Finland (Jan. 16)
- UPDATE: Iraqi apprehended by police will be allegedly deported to Iraq Tuesday (Jan. 16)
- Soon-to-be deported SH opens new asylum case and is confident he won’t be forcibly sent to Iraq (Jan. 15)
- Iraqi asylum seeker KM who was set to be deported Monday was released today (Jan. 12)
- What message does Finland want to send to Iraqi asylum seekers by deporting them to a country that it has no repatriation agreement? (Jan. 12)
- As deportations start to pick up in Finland since the beginning of the year so has fear among Iraqis and other asylum seekers (Jan. 10)
- Two Iraqi asylum seekers who get deportation orders from judge and will be flown to Iraq “in two weeks” (Jan. 8)
- Judge to decide Sunday whether two Iraqi asylum seekers will be forcibly deported (Jan. 8)
- Why do the Finnish police deport Iraqi asylum seekers if there is no repatriation agreement with Baghdad? (Jan. 6)
*Since the person is an asylum seeker and since we are concerned about his or her safety, Migrant Tales does not publish the real name of these victims. We have, however, some of their real names in our possession.