Sari Alhariri: Suomen perheenyhdistämispolitiikka sairastaa ja on pahoinvoiva

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Olen Sari Alhariri, syrialainen mies. Tulin Suomeen 2015. Asuin Laitilassa kahdeksan kuukautta ja sain myönteisen turvapaikkapäätöksen.

Tein maahanmuuttovirastolle perheenyhdistämishakemuksen.

Vaimoni ja lapseni ovat lähteneet Syyriasta ja ovat olleet Libanonissa nyt kaksi vuotta. He eivät pystyneet matkustamaan Suomen lähetystöön Turkkiin, joten Migri haastatteli heitä Libanonissa. Koko perheeltä otettiin myös DNA-näytteet.

Odotin vastausta noin vuoden. Vastaus oli negatiivinen. Tein valituksen päätöksestä 27.11.2017. Uutta päätöstä ei ole vielä tehty.

Minulla on neljä tyttöä ja kaksi poikaa. Lapseni ovat syntyneet 2000-2008. Vanhimmat lapseni ehtivät käydä koulua vähemmän kuin kaksi vuotta ennen kuin ongelmat Syyriassa alkoivat. Kolme tyttäristäni vammautui vakavasti vuosina 2013-2014. Vanhimmalla tyttärellä Marwlla on näkövamma. Shama (s.2005) joutui sivullisena välienselvittelyn uhriksi ja oli sairaalassa kuukauden vakavan päävamman takia.


Alharirille, perheenyhdistämispolitiikka tuottaa mielenterveysongelmia.
 
Alharirin kolme tytärtä.

Vaimoni ja lapseni ovat vuosina 2010-2016 kärsineet Syyriassa pelosta ja paniikista, he ovat nähneet ystävien ja sukulaisten kuolemaa, joutuneet nukkumaan ulkona ja kellarissa suojassa pommeilta. Kaikki tämä on aiheuttanut heille paniikkia ja psyykkisiä oireita.

Libanonissa perheeni asuu asunnossa, jossa on heidän lisäkseen 9 muuta asukasta. Asunnossa on yksi huone, keittiö ja kylpyhuone. He eivät voi liikkua ulkona, koska heillä ei ole oleskelulupaa.

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A Moroccan called Majid who was deported despite being married to a Finn

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A Moroccan called Majid* got in touch with Migrant Tales who was deported in October despite marriage to a Finnish woman. The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) claims that the marriage was arranged, but he denies such a claim. He is presently awaiting a decision by the administrative court to overturn MIgri’s decision. 

Majid was deported from Finland in October and he can not return to the country and the Schengen area for two years. He knows another Moroccan who was married to a Finn and who was deported like him.


 

Asylum seekers have had a tough time in Finland as our laws have tightened. This protestor went on a hunger strike in front of the little parliament in 2016.

“Ours is not a fake marriage,” the man said by phone from Morocco. “I love my wife very much, and she is very sad about our separation. My wife visited me, and she stayed with me for three months. It is expensive to travel back and forth from Finland to Morocco.”

According to Majid, his short time in Finland went well and he was able to adapt and be a part of society.

“I was living a normal life,” he continued. “I am a tolerant person with goals and who wanted to achieve them. I wanted to learn Finnish. When they deported me I was studying the Finnish language at a school seven kilometers from home. I used to walk or bike to school.”

Majid came to Finland in February 2016 and asked for asylum. His request was later turned down by Migri.

“I went to Migri in March [2017] to tell them about my marriage, which happened in the previous month,” he said. “Despite being married, they said I had to leave Finland because my request for asylum was turned down. That’s when the police took me to Metsälä [immigration removal center] where I was detained for a month.”

After moving to Finland and living in Oulu, Majid moved to Helsinki and lived with a Moroccan friend for four months. It is during this time when he met his future wife on the Internet. “We met, and we hit it off very well,” he said.

Even if Majid claims that the interview with Migri went well about his marriage to his wife, he claims that the police have done everything possible to destroy his marriage.

“The police told my wife that it was a mistake to marry a foreigner,” he said. “They told her that they know of many cases where foreign men take advantage of Finnish women. They marry just to get a residence permit.”

The man’s problems got worse when the police in a northern Finnish city asked him to come to the station.

“That’s when they detained me and locked me up in a police cell for three days,” he continued. “The only way I can see my wife for only a half an hour is in a city [abut 100km away] because there was no meeting room with a glass separation.”

Majid said that after two nights they woke him up at 4 am and said he was going to be deported. He could not call his lawyer or wife because the police took his phone.

“I was taken to Oulu, then to Helsinki, to Paris, where I boarded a plane with the police to Casablanca,” he said.

Despite all the legal problems and the battle with the authorities, Majid is hopeful that the administrative court will overrule Migri’s decision.

“I love my wife, I love Finland, and want to make my home in that country,” he concluded.

* The name of the person was changed to protect his identity. 

Viktor Orbán is one of the many scary faces of Europe’s violent and racist legacy

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“We created the opportunity to defend Hungary. A great battle is behind us. We have achieved a decisive victory.”

After the FIDEZ-KDNP alliance gave Hungarian strongman Viktor Orbán 133 out of 199 seats in the April parliamentary elections, where anti-immigrant and anti-EU liberal ideology was contested in a hostile campaign, the prime minister said that the vote was a decisive victory to defend the country.

After the election victory, Orbán is out to make good of his campaign promises, which aim to undermine further the country’s judiciary, academic and liberal democracy.

New laws, called Stop Soros legislation, aim to hit NGOs that help “illegal” migrants and with up to a year in prison terms and slap a 25% tax on associations that support immigration. One of the aims of the law, which is intentionally vague to grant wide enforcement powers, aims to protect what Orbán calls “Christian culture.”

The correct question to ask is what does “Christian culture” mean and what does it imply for the future of religious freedom in Hungary never mind democracy.

Zoltan Fleck, a professor of the faculty of law at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, was quoted as saying in a BBC documentary that Hungary would not have qualified to become an EU member under the present system.

Balint Josa, who is program coördinator for United for Intercultural Action in Budapest, said that the new laws aim to impede the work of NGOs so that cooperation will be ever-difficult.

“In spite of the laws,” said Josa, who was publicly listed by the Orbán government as “an enemy” of the state, “NGOs should be vigilant and help each other because what is happening in Hungary can happen elsewhere in Europe. Populism is very attractive because it is an easy and fast way you get power.”

Josa warned that Hungary is inspiring similar Islamophobic and xenophobic populists in other European countries.

“[EU] Europe is based on cooperation and what they [the populists] offer is separation,” he continued. “They don’t offer any solutions in any areas.”



I compare the present health of the European Union to a patient with Alzheimer’s. In only four years, the deterioration is apparent. The difference is so pronounced that shocks you.

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Ylen poliittinen kehitys

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Kirjoitin kansallisen televisioyhtiömme harjoittamasta mielipiteenmuokkauksesta ensimmäisen kerran lokakuussa 2016. Nyt olen entistä huolestuneempi Ylen toimittajien tasapuolisuudesta ja yhtäläisen ihmisarvon kunnioittamisesta.

Yle on saanut aktiivisilta kansalaisilta paljon huomautuksia rasististen ja syrjivien termien toistuvasta käytöstä. Oikaisuja on pyydetty, ja saatukin, mutta sama meno tuntuu jatkuvan.

Vielä vuonna 2015 Välimereen hukkuneet tai pelastetut ihmiset olivat Ylen mielestä pakolaisia. Satunnaisesti vielä alkuvuonna 2016 saatiin pelastettua turvapaikanhakijoita. Loppuvuodesta he olivat vaihtuneet siirtolaisiin.

Tänä vuonna termi “laittomat maahanmuuttajat” on yleistynyt pakolaisia ja turvapaikanhakijoita koskevassa uutisoinnissa. Kun toimittajat vain sokeasti toistavat sanoja, joita poliitikot meillä ja maailmalla viljelevät, ei ole mikään ihme, että termit vaihtuvat, puheet kovenevat ja mielipideilmasto kylmenee. Suurinta meteliä pitävät rasistiset, äärioikeistolaiset toimijat ja mediassa tuntuu pääsevän esille se, joka huutaa suurimmalla äänellä. Hallituksen äänitorvena toimiminen näyttää myös olevan vallitseva käytäntö.

Toimittajilla on vastuunsa demokratian säilymisestä ja yhtäläisen ihmisarvon kunnioittamisesta. Kun kaikki puheet ihmisten lajittelusta kuitataan sellaisinaan ilman pienintäkään kommenttia, analyysia tai historiaan sitomista ja kun kuin käskystä otsikoidaan ihmisten leirittäminen termillä “turvapaikanhakijoiden käsittelykeskus”, ollaan jo siirrytty puhtaaseen natsitermistöön.

Yle helmikuussa 2015

Yle ja siirtolaiset 1

Yle tammikuussa 2016

Yle siirtolaiset 3

Yle lokakuussa 2016Yle ja siirtolaiset 2

Yle kesäkuussa 2018. Välimerestä poimitaan hukkuvia, luultavimmin turvapaikanhakijoita. Ylelle he eivät nyt ole edes siirtolaisia, vaan laittomia siirtolaisia. Ei siis ihan enää ihmisiä. Yle laittomat siirtolaiset

I am Ali: The waiting

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Migrant Tales insight: Katie Bell wrote us an email a while back and asked if she could publish a story about an Iraqi asylum seeker called Ali, who spoke on condition of anonymity. She writes in an email: “After interviewing him for more details and exactly what he wants to tell, I will compose a ghost-written account of his story. Could we post his story on your site and make his voice heard?”


 “I am Ali, I am 32 years old and I am from Iraq. Over two and a half years after arriving in Finland, I am still waiting ‘in peace’ for a decision about my status in this country. I want to share my experiences to feel heard and I am hoping, still, that something can change. Here is my story.

At first I trusted the police. My first night in Finland was funny for me. I had tried to dress and smell nicer for our landing, but the days of travelling had ruined my chances of escaping the police unseen. They didn’t have enough cells for all of us who had arrived so I was put in the smoking room. I spent the whole night smoking and talking with the policeman on duty. He told me about his whole life, his family and he listened to my story. I felt relief for the first time since leaving Iraq. I finally felt safe.

Now I find it hard to trust the authorities. Knowing about how refugees, just like me, are treated by the police has changed my opinion. It is hard to ignore the stories. I have heard from friends about and witnessed deportations. They don’t give them time for anything: not to pack, not to think and not even to take their phone. I know people who have stood in front of the police like a shield. Not to fight, because of course they can’t stop it, but to let their friend grab whatever is important to them and to give them time. I am not scared because I have known that this could happen to me for 3 years now, it is impossible to live in fear. Instead I try to remain positive and make the best of my situation.


If guide telling you what you can take to your country if you decide to return “voluntarily.”

I work hard in a job that is much lower than what I had in Iraq. Even though I am so grateful of being able to work and earn a living, it is not what I want from my life. At the moment I am appealing the rejection of my work permit application and waiting to know if I can stay and continue building a life here.

I have met many people with racist views. I try and create a conversation with them because actually they’re not racists; they just don’t know us yet. They haven’t had a connection with us because they haven’t talked to us. If they did, they’d change their minds.

There’s a story I have told before, one friend likes to call it the Celine Dion Story. I was staying in a refugee centre a few months after arriving. We experienced a lot of troubles at the time with people who had attacked the building, who threw stones and even set on fires. One night there was a group of guys parked outside. We were warned against going out due to the previous problems but that night I ventured out. I thought to myself: ‘it may be careless but I have lived through scarier events in my life, this is nothing.’ I approached them peacefully, knowing full well that they wanted to fight, but I stayed calm and just spoke to them. ‘You’re not racists’, I said, ‘you just don’t know me yet’. After finding out about my past they asked ‘but why didn’t you stay to fight the terrorists in your own country? Why didn’t you stay to defeat ISIS?’ I still believe in my response: ‘when a man does not know his enemy, when he must even suspect his neighbours, it is not a coward who leaves but it is a clever man.’ I felt like they were opening up to me and after curious questions about my temporary home, my living situation, my treatment they asked me the best question: ‘Who is your favourite singer?’ ‘Celine Dion, of course!’ From then on neither side could be scared of the other and they even offered to help me. I wish I could have this kind of conversation with everyone, and then perhaps our situation or peoples’ perceptions of us wouldn’t be so bad. I believe we wouldn’t all live in such fear of the other.

When I’m asked how I feel, it is hard to describe one state of mind. Due to the uncertainty of my life, I am constantly worrying and calculating my situation. What do I do next? Where will I live? Every day I must reassess my life. Every day my head is heavy with the weight of my situation.

I recently turned 32, surrounded by friends and people who have helped me to create a life here in Helsinki. Like everyone of my age, I am starting to think of having a family, of settling down. My ex-fiancée, whom I had to leave, is still waiting for me, in the house next door to my parents who are also waiting for my return. Every day I think about going back to them.

The worst thing is I am not free to make a decision. I don’t have the freedom of movement enjoyed by many of my European friends. My passport and, along with it, my fate is held in the hands of the Finnish authorities. I feel like a prisoner in a prison with invisible walls.”

 This article is based on several conversations with Ali and ghost written by Katie Bell.

 

PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen gets convicted for sexual harassment after ethnic agitation. Why is he still a lawmaker?

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Disgraced Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Teuvo Hakkarainen was convicted by a Helsinki District Court for sexual harassment after he attempted to kiss MP Veera Ruoho by force, according to YLE News. Hakkarainen was convicted last year for ethnic agitation. 

The Helsinki District Court ordered Hakkaranen to pay fines amounting to 3,060 euros to the state and 1,400 euros in damages to Ruoho in damages as well as her court costs.

The incident took place at a Christmas Party last year at Parliament when Hakkarainen was intoxicated. He approached Ruoho grabbed her by the neck and forced her to kiss him.

On Tuesday, Helsinki prosecutor Eija Velitski said that she would appeal the decision that Hakkarainen receive a suspended jail sentence.

But on Tuesday Helsinki prosecutor Eija Velitski announced her decision to appeal the case requesting that Hakkarainen also receive a suspended jail sentence. Velitski that in the worst of circumstances, the PS MP could have caused Ruoho’s death.

While the politician saw his day in court, many are wondering why Hakkarainen does not resign as MP or why the PS, which is always blaming migrants for sexual harassment and rape, does not sack him from the party.

Read the full story here.

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The children of separated families in the US are telling us to change our greedy ways

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In Europe, the driver of millions of asylum seekers is us. We invaded with the United States and gave support to the destruction of Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. In Latin America, the driver of refugees to the United States is Washington’s big-stick policy and economic exploitation of the region’s wealth and opportunities. 

In both cases, the finger is pointing at us. The problem has its roots in history.

Is this how the so-called developed world is going to react to the ever-growing climate-change crisis?

Yes, you can be sure that is how the leaders of the United States and other major powers will react.

The children that the Trump administration is separating from their families and locking up in cages are the ones fighting to restore our sense of humanity. They are telling us that matters must change or else.

They will succeed because nothing will be able to stop them except for turning the United States into a totalitarian tin-pot concentration camp.

Source: ProPublica.

Viva los validates inmigrantes del mundo!

Huikea määrä aikaa ja rahaa tuhlattu turhapaikkaprosessissa

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Turvapaikkaprosessissa ja sitä sivuavassa politiikassa käytetään aivan liian paljon aikaa ja rahaa vääriin asioihin. Siitä ihan tekemällä tehdään turhapaikkaprosessi.

Määritellään lasten ja nuorten ikää lääketieteellisin tutkimuksin, kun voitaisiin sekin aika käyttää heidän terveytensä edistämiseen ja kotouttamiseen.

Pidetään inkvisition tutkintaelinten kaltaisia istuntoja ihmisten uskovaisuuden syynäämiseksi, vaikka valtio voisi jättää uskovien paimentamisen seurakunnille.

Mennään kommandoasuissa susikoirien kanssa pidättämään lapsiperheitä, vaikka heidät voisi määrätä saapumaan vaadittuihin paikkoihin julkisilla kulkuvälineillä.

Vangitaan turvapaikanhakijoita siinä toivossa, että saataisiin heidät pakkopalautettua. Teetetään vapaaehtoisilla avustajilla valtavasti ympärivuorokautista työtä vainottujen ihmisten pelastamiseksi.

Lennätetään ihmisiä sotatantereille yksityiskoneilla ja suuressa viranomaissaattueessa. Jos palautusmaassa olisi kaikki kunnossa, voitaisiin ihmiset lähettää sinne ihan omin neuvoinensa reittilennoilla.

Käydään Irakissa kokeilemassa, josko Irakin viranomaiset ottaisivat palautettavat vastaan ilman matkustusasiakirjoja. Olisi voinut soittaa ja kysyä.

Suunnitellaan kampanjoita syntyvyyden lisäämiseksi ja samaan aikaan laaditaan hallituksen lisäohjelmia siitä, kuinka saataisiin nopeammin käännytettyä täällä syntyneitä takaisin kaaoksen keskelle.

Laaditaan rasisminvastaisia valtionohjelmia nuorten ja lasten suvaitsevaisuuden lisäämiseksi ja toisella kädellä annetaan lisää tukea rasistisille poliittisille nuorisojärjestöille ja kansanedustajat julistavat malliksi muukalaisvihaa eduskunnan puhujapöntöstä.

Julkaistaan uusi ohjelma työperäisen maahanmuuton lisäämiseksi, mutta pidetään ulkomaisen työvoiman tarveharkinta ennallaan ja tehdään ohjelma maahan saapuneiden koulutettujen nuorten nopeutetusta pakkopalautuksesta.

Koko hommassa on vikana se, että Suomen valtion päämääränä näyttäisi olevan ihmisten maahan saapumisen estäminen ja maahan saapuneiden mahdollisimman nopea poistaminen – ja toisaalta sitten taas toisen näköisten ihmisten maahan houkutteleminen. Ei se niin voi mennä, ei kukaan halua tulla sellaiseen maahan. Ihminen ei ole koskaan työperäinen, ihminen on rakkaus-, perhe- ja elämäperäinen ja työtä tekee kukin sillä energialla, minkä nuo muut perät tuottavat.

Aloitetaan siis pikimmiten hyväksyntäperäinen, positiivinen maahanmuuttopolitiikka, otetaan ihmiset ihmisinä ja annetaan heidän kotiutua ja alkaa pitää huolta itsestään ja perheestään. Jokainen ihminen haluaa pärjätä ja tehdä työtä sen eteen, kunhan hänen asiansa ovat muuten kunnossa ja turvallisuus taattu.

UNHCR

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