We heard today that case of a returned Iraqi refugee who died in Baghdad after being refused asylum in Finland. The only explanation that the new interior minister, Kai Mykkänen, can offer is that the murder was “sad and tragic.”
YLE reported the death of the Iraqi asylum seeker and interviewed his daughter, who is still in Finland.
Ali’s death is not the first one. Migrant Tales has reported other cases like the death of two Iraqi asylum seekers in 2016.
Politicians like Interior Minister Mykkänen don’t take responsibility but allow the unjust and inhuman asylum policy to continue. With comments like “sad and tragic,” followed by washing his hands of the problem, reveal a lack of leadership and contempt for asylum seekers.
When Mykkänen states that there were too many asylum seekers who came to Finland in 2015 and thus some mistakes could have been made, he is saying in retrospect that too many Muslims came and we want most of them out of the country.
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The real culprit is the indifference of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government, which simply doesn’t care if asylum seekers live or die when sent back to countries like “safe” Iraq.
An asylum seeker, who has been waiting for his residence permit for two years and a half, admits that the government and the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) just don’t care.
“Iraq has no values and doesn’t care for human life,” he said. “Nobody cares. Finland’s values of justice and fairness towards asylum seekers have deteriorated.”
The asylum seeker said that laws that undermined the asylum seekers’ legal rights by lowering the time for appeal and taking away legal aid are clear examples of the government’s declaration of war against asylum seekers.
It’s not only the opinion of asylum seekers in Finland, who are wary of the system, but a French court ruled that it could not send an asylum seeker back to Finland because it returned them to Iraq and put in harm’s way.
Like blogger Sakari Timonen wrote (in Finnish) about the situation, the only thing that Interior Minister Mykkänen and politicians can offer is how they wash their hands.