Asylum seeker in detention cell 208: “I’ll be released again – I hope I’ll never have to see this place again”

by , under Enrique Tessieri

A supreme administrative court order today stopped Monday’s deportation of an Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 208 (detained last year in cell 406). It was in November when the twenty-one-year-old asylum seeker, after being held for 32 days, was released under the same circumstances. 

At  4:30 pm sharp a guard at the Joutseno* immigration removal center told him that he’d released shortly.

The joy was evident in the asylum seeker’s voice as he vowed to never return to the immigration removal center.

“I’ll be released again,” he said. “I hope I’ll never have to see this place again.”

* The asylum seeker who was locked up in this cell thought he was in Lappeenranta but in fact he was at the Joutseno immigration removal center located 20km away.