Migrant Tales wrote in May about the high cost, hassle and red tape some Somalis face to bring their relatives to Finland. Since it appears that the aim of the immigration authorities and politicians is to make family reunification as expensive and difficult as possible, some immigrants are being fed to the loan sharks as a result.
Migrant Tales wrote that a two-and-half year wait in the Ethiopian capital to bring your family to Finland can cost between $9,000 and $12,000. That’s a lot of money taking into account that annual income in Somalia is about $600, according to the CIA Factbook.
“I don’t have any work so I was forced to turn to these loan [shark] companies,” said a Somali, whose wife and brother are applying to come to Finland from the Finnish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. “I went to my bank but they wouldn’t give me a loan because I don’t have a job.”
The young man hasn’t seen his wife for three years. Many immigrants in Finland have lived separated from their children for years.
In order to bring his wife and brother to Finland, the Somali was forced to take three costly loans that amounted to 1,000 euros. As a result, the man will end up paying 294.63 euros on the loans as interest and expenses! Payback time is two months for a total of 1,294.63 euros.
One of the bills of the three loans. Expenses amount to a hefty 75.47 euros!
Taking into account Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen makes over 12,000 euros a month, it’s clear that a well-paid minister or politicians would care little about the plight of Somalis and other poor immigrants in Finland struggling to bring their loved ones to the country.
If there is a tragedy to be told in Finland about immigrants, family reunification is certainly one of them!