Below are two pictures were taken of a window from the immigration removal center in the southeastern Finnish town Joutseno*. The photo on the left was taken on Thursday and the one on the right in November.
Think about it. An asylum seeker travels hell and high water to come to a country in Finland. The trip is also costly. What are the last images if you get deported? A cell window and an airport.
Amnesty International published today its 2017/2018 report, and it doesn’t write pretty things about how Finland treats asylum seekers.
“Despite international NGOs raising concern, Finland continued to forcibly return asylum- seekers whose applications were rejected to Afghanistan.”
Forced deportations and the general situation of asylum seekers and migrants in Finland shows how much we have shut off empathy for coldness.
There is today in Finland a moral crisis that also inflicts the rest of Europe.
How can we claim to be a nation that loves freedom and upholds human rights if we deny others such rights?
* 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.