Posts Tagged: Iraq

Ali’s journey: Getting married in Turkey and the long wait. Will he get a visa to Finland?

On 10.10.2018, Ali,* 22, and his Finnish wife, 19, spent one of the most memorable days of their lives when they got married in Ankara. Present at the ceremony were two witnesses, the wife’s sister and a friend of Ali’s. Marriages in Turkey take place at the Turkish Marriage Offices.   “Everything went smoothly and rapidly,” said

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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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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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