Posts Tagged: Iraq

Rafal Rada Mousa: A good ending to a long uncertain journey from Iraq to Finland

Rafal Raad Mousa, 18, whose former pseudonym on Migrant Tales was Saboora,* is a very happy young woman together with her family. After a three-year wait in Finland, Rafal and her family of two brothers, sister, and mother were granted a residence permit.

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I am Ali: The waiting

Migrant Tales insight: Katie Bell wrote us an email a while back and asked if she could publish a story about an Iraqi asylum seeker called Ali, who spoke on condition of anonymity. She writes in an email: “After interviewing him for more details and exactly what he wants to tell, I will compose a

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Ali’s journey (June 13, 2018): The long journey back. Baghdad feels like a sauna.

It’s been 25 days since Ali,* 22, who speaks on condition of anonymity, “voluntarily” returned to Iraq from Finland. Sometimes the journey back to where you were once from is longer than the one that took you to foreign lands. The first journey was fueled by hope and the other one back to your homeland with question marks and doubts. 

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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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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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Finnair flight AY1433 to Berlin and the sad case of a deportee – #boycottfinnair!

A couple traveled to Berlin on a Finnair flight Thursday. The passenger that witnessed a forced deportation on the flight wrote about it on her Facebook wall. Helsinki police chief inspector, Liisa Lintuluoto, denied in MTV3 that anything of the sort had happened on the flight.   Writes the woman who saw the asylum seeker on the flight: “On

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Migrant Tales Literary: The moon and me by Saboora

Saboora* is a young Iraqi asylum seeker who turns to art to write about her long and painful journey from the Middle East to Finland. In the painting below, which she calls “The moon and me,” is about an asylum seeker, a leafless tree, and the moon. 

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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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