Posts Tagged: deportation

A message from Ali, who was deported to Kabul, Afghanistan, from Finland

A thirty-year-old  Afghan asylum seeker who was deported from Finland three months ago got in touch with me Thursday morning. His messages on Messenger were simple but behind them were evident uncertainty and anxiety. We spoke in Finnish by phone later in the afternoon. Ali had learned a lot of Finnish in the two and a half years he waited unsuccessfully for a residence permit. 

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Undocumented pensioner and migrant grandmother: “I’m being deported”

http://www.migranttales.net/undocumented-pensioner-and-grandmother-migrant-im-being-deported/

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Finnish police suspected of sedating asylum seekers on deportation flights. It may break the law, according to a medical specialist.

There has been a suspicion that the police use sedatives when deporting asylum seekers on flights. According to  Markku Toivonen, a medical specialist, considers the use of sedatives unethical and even illegal, according to Iltalehti.  

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Woman attempts to stop deportation on Finnair flight but is escorted off the flight instead

After Elin Ersson stopped a deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker with her courageous example on a flight from the Swedish city of Gothenburg to Istanbul in Turkey, a young Finnish woman called Aino Pennanen attempted to stop a similar deportation on a Finnair flight Tuesday by refusing to sit down.

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Day 9 of Fayaz’s hunger strike: Coping with intense physical and psychological stress

Migrant Tales will begin to publish stories about Fayaz’s hunger strike. Fayaz is an Afghan asylum seeker who faced deportation from Finland and is currently detained at Helsinki’s Metsälä immigration removal center. 

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Ibrahim’s last chat with me before his departure to Iraq

Ibrahim’s* case, the Iraqi asylum seeker who returned “voluntarily” to Iraq this week, is a case in point of how the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and politicians fail people. Here are some facts about Ibrahim, who moved to Finland in October 2015: he applied for 25-30 jobs a week; constantly did voluntary work; converted to

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Mohammed’s deportation from Finland to Iraq on May 29

There are many reasons why some consider the Finnish justice and asylum system inhumane towards asylum seekers. Amnesty International has cited factors like restrictions of the right to free legal representation and reduced appeal times in 2016 as factors that have undermined asylum seekers’ situation in Finland. 

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A food distributor that hires asylum seekers, pays them under the table, to change the sell-by dates of their old products

An Espoo-Helsinki-based ethnic-food distributor, which allegedly hires asylum seekers and pays them near-starvation salaries under the table, uses such victims to repackage and change the sell-by dates of food products that should not be sold. Some of these products are allegedly five years old and their sell-by dates have changed twice, according to an asylum seeker, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

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