Enrique Tessieri

Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi: Asylum seeker sent from Finland killed in “safe” Iraq

For how long will the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) with the backing of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government continue to maintain that Iraq is a “safe” country to deport asylum seekers? The latest victim of this flawed policy is 33-year-old Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi, who sought asylum in 2015 and died on Wednesday in Basra. 

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Brexit-inflicted UK is so racist that even white Europeans are targets of racism and rage

It would be wrong to conclude that Brexit is the cause of the racism we are witnessing today in the United Kingdom. Surprised? Not really. What would you expect from a country that has a dark history in global domination, exploitation, and genocide?  The common thinking of some people about the United Kingdom is that

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Soldiers of Odin expand to Finland’s Åland Islands

I ran across a story in Seura about the far-right vigilante group, Soldiers of Odin, starting a chapter in Finland’s Åland Islands. Migrant Tales has wondered in a number of stories the Finnish media’s fascination with far-right and racist groups like the Soldiers of Odin.  But it’s not only the media that gives space and exposure to

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Finnish police suspected of sedating asylum seekers on deportation flights. It may break the law, according to a medical specialist.

There has been a suspicion that the police use sedatives when deporting asylum seekers on flights. According to  Markku Toivonen, a medical specialist, considers the use of sedatives unethical and even illegal, according to Iltalehti.  

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: How anti-diversity and Islamophobic is Finland?

“One of the big denials that one still hears a lot in Finland is its denial of the rise of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, an Islamophobic party that won 39 seats in the parliamentary elections of 2011 from just 5 MPs in previously. There was an ongoing debate after 2011 within the PS on what caused its historic election victory. Then party leader Timo Soini claimed it was anti-EU sentiment while its present leader, Jussi Halla-aho, claimed it was the PS’ Islamophobic stance. 

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Finland’s lost decade and how asylum seekers exposed our hypocrisy and cowardice

The recent example of civil disobedience by Aino Pennanen, when on a Finnair flight Tuesday she attempted to stop a deportation of an asylum seeker. In a country like Finland, where civil disobedience is almost unheard of today, Penanen’s example speaks volumes about how some Finns have lost the trust of their government never mind the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

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Ibrahim’s last chat with me before his departure to Iraq

Ibrahim’s* case, the Iraqi asylum seeker who returned “voluntarily” to Iraq this week, is a case in point of how the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and politicians fail people. Here are some facts about Ibrahim, who moved to Finland in October 2015: he applied for 25-30 jobs a week; constantly did voluntary work; converted to

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An active citizen needs to learn at school about two crucial matters: empathy and social activism

If we look at history and today’s Europe and globally, it becomes clear that most people who went to school that too many never learned about empathy and social activism. A positive example of the latter is Elin Ersson, who refused to take a seat on a flight before they removed an Afghanistan deported asylum seeker off the plane. 

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