Posts Tagged: deportation

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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Finnish Immigration Service: “Your wife’s unborn child can grow up without you; is the child going to be raised a Muslim?”

 Apparently, there is no guarantee in Finland that marriage or having a child with a Finnish citizen will guarantee asylum and a residence permit. It is the case of Abdul,* who spoke on condition of anonymity, an Iraqi asylum seeker who came to Finland in 2015. Contrary to many like him, Abdul is married to a Finnish woman who is expecting their child in September. 

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Finland must stop locking up asylum seekers and their children

The picture of one of the seven minors who was detained at the Joutseno immigration removal center in April 2017 should shock us all. That picture, the asylum policies of the Finnish Immigration Service, and the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä are destroying the very values of our Nordic welfare state. 

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Asylum seeker who is married to a Finn expecting his child is released from Joutseno immigration removal center after 49 days

Migrant Tales insight: Finland locks up all kinds of people in immigration removal centers in Helsinki’s Metsäaä and Joutseno like women, men, children and whole families, even asylum seekers who have married Finns. 

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Twitter: UNICEF criticizes Finland over the detention of asylum-seeker children

UNICEF rebukes Finland over its treatment of asylum-seeking minors, according to YLE News. Human rights activists like Zuzeeko Tegha Abeng have lobbied Finland to stop detaining children in 2013. He wrote: “According to Amnesty International, children should be in day care centres, schools or skateparks – not in police detention. Finland detains thousands of people

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Speaking to two asylum seekers detained at the Joutseno immigration removal center

A twenty-four-year-old asylum seeker, which Finland has tried to deport twice and failed, has been locked up for about two months at the Joutseno immigration removal center. The question is for how long can the authorities keep a man locked up for simply refusing to be deported?

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UPDATE: Three suicide attempts allegedly took place within a month at the Joutseno immigration removal center

The Joutseno immigration removal center must be a horrible place to end up in. Migrant Tales has heard that there have been at least three suicide attempts, two allegedly “successful” with one person hospitalized. 

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