Is Somalia a “safe” country and do asylum seekers want to die in vain?

by , under Muhammed Shire

In light of the assessment published by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) in May, where it claims that countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia are “safe” to return asylum seekers we strongly challenge such a claim. I challenge Migri’s assessment because it is political and has little to do with reality. 

Migrant Tales has documented at least three cases of people who returned to Iraq and Afghanistan after Migri’s assessment.

Of the three Iraqi asylum seekers that returned to their home country, one ended up in a hospital after being shot six times and two others died in bomb explosions.

One naturalized Finn originally from Afghanistan was shot dead in September in the capital Kabul shortly after he was wed.

All of these four people returned to “safe” Iraq and Afghanistan and got killed or ended up in the hospital shot.

What about Somalia, a country that has been absorbed in a civil war since 1991?

Is it a “safe” country as Migri alleges?

This Kenyan woman tells about her ordeal when she was kidnapped for two years in Somalia. Source: Amisom.

European Country of Origin Information Network (ecoi.net), the Austrian Red Cross information system, is one of many sources that warn about the security situation in Somalia. Apart from problems with Al-Shabaab, there is also bloodshed between different clans.

Somalia is planning to hold elections this year. ecoi.net warns that as a result, attacks by Al-Shabaab will intensify in central and southern Somalia.

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The map above contains information on conflict-related incidents and number of deaths according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) at the University of Sussex between April and June 2016.

A Somali doctor from Germany who established a hospital in Mogadishu was killed in the same city by a bomb planted by Al-Shabaab on August 28, 2016. His name was Dr. Ibraahim Cali Xasan.

The bomb, which killed the doctor, was planted in the Mogadishu neighborhood of Lido which has some of the tightest security measures in the capital.

A truck bomb on August 30 killed 22 people in another heavily secured area near the presidential palace, according to the BBC.

Due to these attacks and others, “Bashir,” who spoke to us on condition of anonymity and who has lived in Finland for over 10 years, fears visiting his wife and child in his native Somalia.

He cannot bring his family to Finland because of tightened family reunification guidelines.

If Bashir travels to Somalia, he has to spend a lot of money to ensure his security.

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