19-year-old detained asylum seeker in Tampere “is in good spirits” despite situation

by , under Enrique Tessieri

The person who represents the nineteen-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq thanks all the people who wrote words of encouragement to him during the past days. “He is in good spirits thanks to the emails but angry at the same time,” the representative told Migrant Tales by phone. “He doesn’t understand why he’s locked up [since Friday, December 29] since he’s no criminal.”

The young Iraqi asylum seeker’s case still hinges on a decision from the supreme administrative court.

The asylum seeker’s cell at the Tampere police station.

“We hope to get an answer on Tuesday about [supreme administrative] court’s decision,” said the representative. “They [the police]  haven’t said where they’ll transfer him next if to Metsäkä, Joutseno or another immigration detention center [like Lappeenranta]. They said that it all depends on where there’s space.”

The Iraqi asylum seeker, who converted to Christianity, has received three email death threats from Iraq while in detention.

Migrant Tales will continue to update this story. 

If you want to send the asylum seeker words of encouragement or want to wish him well, send your messages through [email protected] (not the asylum seeker’s email).