Remember the young twenty-one-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who was detained in Lappeenranta or 32 days from October 27 to November 23? Things aren’t going well for him because he got a second rejection after applying for asylum a second time.
“When I got the decision [about two weeks ago] from Migri [Finnish Immigration Service] I was confused and felt helpless,” he told Migrant Tales by phone. “Before I got the decision, I was hopeful that matters would go well. I was wrong.”
The young asylum seeker alleges that his father was killed in Iraq for being a Christian, like him. The asylum seeker converted to Christianity last year and fears for his life if he returns to Iraq.
Despite Migri’s assurances that Iraq is a “safe” country, the latest news of Ali’s death is another sign that Iraq is a dangerous place.
“When I heard of what happened to Ali, I said to myself that I do not want to live in hiding if I am sent back to Iraq,” he said.
Before and after. Read the original posting here. Photo of mourning dove by Nicole Beaulac.
Life is hard when you are young and have to wait for over two years in uncertainty if you will get asylum.
“All I do is think all the time about my future,” he said. “It makes you go crazy. I can’t even sleep because I see nightmares often. One of these is of people who are chasing and want to kill me.”
The asylum seeker said that the long wait and the rejections for asylum have made him skeptical of Migri. “They just don’t care for people like me,” he said. “Believe me, Iraq isn’t a safe country the way they claim it to be.”
When asked what he plans to do in the meantime while he waits for the decision on his third appeal to the supreme administrative court, the asylum seeker said that the only thing he can do is live one day at a time and hope for the best.