A twenty-two-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who was detained illegally by the police three days before he had to vacate the asylum reception center in Pori is now a free man again. Thanks to the efforts of the Lex Gaudius law firm, the district court overruled the detention of the asylum seeker at the Metsälä immigrant removal center in Helsinki, where he was held from April 27 to May 9.
“[After this ordeal] I still find it hard to believe that I’m free,” he told Migrant Tales by phone.
The asylum seeker’s detention began at the school in Pori where he was studying Finnish. The police visited the school to detain him but he went and hid from them. On returning, apparently the principal, called the police and the young man was detained.
Proof that the asylum seeker was illegally detained by the police three days before he was supposed to vacate the asylum reception center in Pori.
“I was taken by the police to Rauma and then to Turku, where I was locked up for two nights and three days before a judge decided that I could be deported [to Iraq] and send me either to Joutseno or Metsälä [immigration removal center],” he added.
The asylum seeker said that his first impression of Metsälä was “shocking” because there “are criminals and crazy people.”
“It’s the same place [Metsälä] where an Iraqi tried to hang himself when I was there,” he continued. “At Metsälä you cannot go outside and it’s like a prison. I shared a room with another Iraqi who was deported from Denmark back to Finland.”
An Iraqi asylum seeker at the Metsälä immigration removal center being taken away on a stretcher after attempting to take his life. Source: Facebook.
The Iraqi asylum seeker, who has now submitted a new application for asylum to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), said that he went back to school to learn Finnish upon returning to Pori. “All of my classmates where happy to see me,” he said.
He said that he came to Finland in search of a better life and to escape war.
“I will be killed if I return to Iraq,” he concluded. “I hope people in this country can feel in their heart our suffering and reread their history, when hundreds of thousands of refugees came to Finland [after World War 2].”