Migrant Tales will publish the decision to reject Abdul a residence permit on family grounds. His wife, a Finn, is expecting their child that will be born in September.
Below is the decision by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) to reject Abul’s residence permit on family grounds.
Unofficial translation: “The applicant and family reunification sponsor started to live as a family during a period when there were uncertainties about the applicant’s residence permit in Finland. They must have understood that living as a family in Finland could not be a possibility.
The wellbeing of the applicant’s and family reunification sponsor’s unborn child does not require granting a residence permit to the applicant. The applicant has with his own actions tried to bypass rules about entering [Finland]. The child can live in the future in Finland with the family reunification sponsor.”
Forming a family is a human right as stipulated in Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Abdul* forms part of a secret 130-member Facebook group where Iraqis are married to Finns and where they chat about their lives in Finland.
According to all the members of the secret Facebook group, Migri sends the same questions to asylum seekers. Some of them are quite surprising:
- Which side of the bed do you sleep?
- Is the child going to be raised a Muslim?
- Do you eat pork?
- What kind of food do you like?
* The name was changed to protect his identity since he is still an asylum seeker.