The Finnish Immigration Service, with the blessings of the government, aims to separate migrant parents from their children

by , under Enrique Tessieri

In August, the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri)  is reported to have given asylum reception center instructions that only their children can stay at the reception center if the parents have their asylum application turned down and won’t leave the country, according to MTV.

The Red Cross has already said that it won’t comply with Migri’s instructions because they breach the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Finland has ratified, and the association’s values to treat asylum seekers in a humane manner.

“We don’t want to worsen with our actions their vulnerability,” Red Cross legal advisor Jani Leino was quoted as saying.

Migrant Tales confirms that the Red Cross told asylum seekers at some camps that they won’t be abandoned by the association. “You will not be neglected or kicked out of the reception center,” an asylum seeker told us over the phone. “We are here to support you.”

While the Red Cross will not comply to Migri’s instructions, it would be interesting to see if private companies like Luona and Mehiläinen feel the same way about offering support and not abandoning those that they now serve.

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Finland’s government, which is one of the most hostile and anti-immigration seen in a long time, believes that the only way to deal with asylum seekers and migrants in Finland is to prohibit and pass inhumane laws like the tightening of family reunification guidelines.

Apart from giving a hammer blow to our Nordic values of fairness and justice, the Center Party and National Coalition Party (NCP) are in favor of the government’s inhumane migration policy, even encouraging Migri to separate families and punish undocumented migrants.

As mentioned, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government, which comprises of the Center Party, NCP and populist anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, are a shame.

Even if anti-immigration rhetoric commonly comes out of the PS’ mouth, the Center Party and NCP are equally responsible for the situation. Contrary to the PS, they give their nod of approval with their near-silence.

The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” 

 

 

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