Posts Tagged: asylum policy

Afghan asylum seeker in Joutseno: “Good morning to [you] too”

Since September, an Afghan family comprising of three adults, two minors and their parents left Finland for Germany for fear that they would be deported to Afghanistan. One of the asylum seekers, who is a young man, was deported from Germany to Finland. Today he was taken to the Joutseno Immigration Removal Center from Metsälä in Helsinki.  

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä: Asylum seekers should take exam on Finnish values

Ratcheting up suspicion and polarization in Finland against asylum seekers and migrants, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said over the weekend that he favors giving refugees should take an entrance exam on Finnish values like bodily integrity before getting residence permits, according to Yle. 

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An Iraqi family in Finland and their brave 13-year-old daughter

Asylum seekers and migrants commonly get in touch with Migrant Tales like a Turkmen Iraqi family below who feared being deported back to their former home country. Their daughter is 13 years old and she speaks at least five languages. Since she is the only one who can speak Finnish, she not only interprets language but the family’s anxiety and fear. 

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Asylum seeker in Joutseno immigration removal center cell 222: Deportation halted!

The deportation of Mohammed, the twenty-one-year-old Afghan asylum seeker detained on December 10 and sent to the Joutseno immigration removal center, was halted today, according to Stop Deportations. Thanks to an appeal, the voluntary association against deportations and Mohammed’s lawyer were able to stop the deportation until his case is reviewed by the supreme administrative court. 

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Asylum seeker in Joutseno immigration removal center cell 222: Returning to year zero in Afghanistan

Mohammed*, 21, who was detained at Mikkeli’s Suonsaari asylum reception a week ago on Monday (10.12), will probably face deportation on Wednesday and flown with a one-way ticket back to Afghanistan. Mohammed, who lived a part of his life in Iran, admits that he is penniless. The young man came to Finland like so many

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Asylum seeker in Joutseno immigration removal center cell 222: “I am sad and I have cried”

When you are with asylum seekers in Finland, you see them one day they end up detained and soon deported, an episode in one’s life that he or she will remember the rest of his or her life. This is the case of twenty-one-year-old Mohammed, an Afghan asylum seeker who came like so many to Finland in 2015. 

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Ali’s journey: Getting married in Turkey and the long wait. Will he get a visa to Finland?

On 10.10.2018, Ali,* 22, and his Finnish wife, 19, spent one of the most memorable days of their lives when they got married in Ankara. Present at the ceremony were two witnesses, the wife’s sister and a friend of Ali’s. Marriages in Turkey take place at the Turkish Marriage Offices.   “Everything went smoothly and rapidly,” said

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Laura Huhtasaari and Ville Tavio: How some sectors of the Finnish Lutheran Church promote racist discourse

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* vice-president and MP, Laura Huhtasaari, is keen on building her political career on Islamophobia and polarizing our country in two distinct camps: “us” and “them.” 

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