QUOTE OF THE DAY: Of course a child needs a mother and father!

by , under Enrique Tessieri

“In today’s Finland, it is nothing uncommon for the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) to reject family reunification by a Finnish spouse because the child does not need a father.Doesn’t need a father? Migri should ask Argentina’s Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo if the father, mother, and grandparents are key to a child’s identity and well-being.”

During the dirty war (1976-83) in Argentina, when the state murdered an estimated 30,000 people, members of the armed forces adopted the children of those they apprehended, tortured and threw in unmarked graves. Even if the child was brought up by a person who directly or indirectly caused the death of his birth parent, the search for the child and grandchild continues to date.

A child will always look for his real parents. Growing up without a father or mother is unnatural and painful.

Unofficial translation of the rejection of an applicants family reunification request: “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 actions tried to bypass rules about entering [Finland]. The child can live in the future in Finland with the family reunification sponsor.”

“Soy Jorge Sampaoli, director técnico de la selección argentina. Si naciste entre los años 1975 y 1981 y pensás que podés ser hijo de desaparecido, acerate a las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo. Yo te busco para que te encuentres.” 

“I’m Jorge Sampaoli, the coach of the Argentinean national football team. If you were born between the years 1975 and 1981 and you think you may be the son of “disappeared” people, get in touch with the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. I will seek you so you can find yourself.” 

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