Posts Tagged: deportations

Ali’s journey (May 20, 2018): Last full day in Mikkeli, Finland

In the past months, we have followed twenty-one-year-old Ali’s difficult life in Finland as a young asylum seeker.* He’s been detained and sent to the Joutseno immigration center in October for 32 days and again in February for a shorter time. 

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Deported Somali asylum seeker from Finland allegedly jailed and then released

Migrant Tales has learned that a Somali asylum seeker deported from Finland to the Somali capital Mogadishu was allegedly arrested and then released a few hours after his arrival. He arrived in Somalia on Wednesday at 11 am Finnish time. 

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Asylum seeker detained at the Joutseno immigration removal center: “I should go to my wife who is pregnant”   

In Joutseno, located 20km north of the southeastern Finnish city of Lappeenranta, is Finland’s second immigration removal center after Helsinki’s Metsälä. It is a place where Finland even locks up families with children and where suicides happen. Finland does this because it sees immigration as a threat. This fact is the basis of the country’s oppressive immigration policy, especially towards asylum seekers.

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The police officer, and the asylum seeker’s lighter: “I’ll give it back to you in Baghdad”

A twenty-one-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, who miraculously was saved from deportation twice, told about his last ordeal. He remembers a woman police office in Mikkeli who took his lighter and said she would return it in Baghdad.

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Asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “I will be deported on Monday”

The asylum seeker in detention cell 406, who is a twenty-one-year-old Iraqi, said that he’d be deported on Monday, February 26 from Finland. “The same woman police officer who said she was going to fly with me to Iraq in October, said that I would be flown back on Monday,” he said by phone. “The

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #49: When white privilege backfires

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s hardline asylum and immigration policy reminded me of the 1980s when former Aliens Office director Eila Kännö’s tough line turned against her. I see the same thing happening today with the government’s asylum and immigration policy.

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The story of two asylum seekers in Finland: Arezo’s and Saboora’s three drawings

Two women, a young mother of two children, and of a teenage girl who traveled with her family to Finland in 2015. Both have something in common even if they are from different countries: Both are refugees who still don’t know if they will get asylum in Finland. Two years have gone by since their long

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A letter from an Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Joutseno, Finland

Dear People of Finland, I write this letter from a detention cell in Joutseno* awaiting my possible deportation this week to Iraq. I’m worried and don’t know what will happen to me if I’m returned by force to Iraq. One matter is for sure: My life is in danger, and I won’t survive there. My

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