Posts Tagged: Finland

Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi: Asylum seeker sent from Finland killed in “safe” Iraq

For how long will the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) with the backing of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government continue to maintain that Iraq is a “safe” country to deport asylum seekers? The latest victim of this flawed policy is 33-year-old Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi, who sought asylum in 2015 and died on Wednesday in Basra. 

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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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Soldiers of Odin expand to Finland’s Åland Islands

I ran across a story in Seura about the far-right vigilante group, Soldiers of Odin, starting a chapter in Finland’s Åland Islands. Migrant Tales has wondered in a number of stories the Finnish media’s fascination with far-right and racist groups like the Soldiers of Odin.  But it’s not only the media that gives space and exposure to

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: What similarities are there between Finnish immigration policy and the US administration’s zero- tolerance policy?

“In order to deter and discourage migrants and asylum seekers from coming to the country, the Trump administration implemented the controversial zero immigration policy. One of the horrific matters about that policy is locking up and separating children from their parents. 

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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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QUOTE OF THE DAY: How anti-diversity and Islamophobic is Finland?

“One of the big denials that one still hears a lot in Finland is its denial of the rise of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, an Islamophobic party that won 39 seats in the parliamentary elections of 2011 from just 5 MPs in previously. There was an ongoing debate after 2011 within the PS on what caused its historic election victory. Then party leader Timo Soini claimed it was anti-EU sentiment while its present leader, Jussi Halla-aho, claimed it was the PS’ Islamophobic stance. 

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Finland’s lost decade and how asylum seekers exposed our hypocrisy and cowardice

The recent example of civil disobedience by Aino Pennanen, when on a Finnair flight Tuesday she attempted to stop a deportation of an asylum seeker. In a country like Finland, where civil disobedience is almost unheard of today, Penanen’s example speaks volumes about how some Finns have lost the trust of their government never mind the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

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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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