Asylum seeker hiding in Kemi, Finland: “Why do they [Finnish Immigration Service] make our lives so difficult?”

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales reported Thursday about how a deportation had broken and separated a family of three (or four) in the northern Finnish city of Kemi. The family’s father, 58, and son deported on Thursday at around noon to Lebanon while the mother, 56, escaped from the hospital and is now in hiding. 

When detained, the woman fell ill and was hospitalized but managed to escape.

Is it correct to say that it is a family of three or four? One of the parents’ sons died of cancer when they came to Finland in 2015 and moved to Kemi.

The woman dreads the prospect of returning to the Middle East because she would never be able to visit her son’s grave again.

The husband is a native of Lebanon and his wife was born in Syria. Both of them lived in Syria for about 15 years.

A friend, who got in touch with us and who knows the woman, alerted us about the woman’s situation.

“Why do they [Finnish Immigration Service] make our lives so difficult?” she asked the source. “Why don’t they let us stay [in Finland]?”

“She is in limbo fighting against time,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The father and son are ok in Lebanon and the authorities [in that country] pomised them that they would revoke their Lebanese citizenship.”

According to the source, revoking the Syrian-born woman’s citizenship would take three months. It can only happen if a judge of the high court or president of Lebanon approve it.

“It would take [at least three-month] time,” the source continued. “It would mean that she would have to return to Syria, which is very difficult.”

The source said that the woman needs medication but did not know if it was for the heart or blood.

The woman was in better spirits after speaking to her husband and son.