UPDATED May 10: Asylum seekers that are detained by the police service and face deportation from Finland

by , under Migrant Tales

We are concerned about the ever-oppressive immigration policy of Finland towards asylum seekers who are undocumented. We believe that the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and the police service plan to deport many Iraqis and other refugees this year who have two rejections for asylum.  This job of rounding up and detaining asylum seekers and putting them in immigration removal centers like Metsälä in Helsinki is being carried out by Migri and the police service. It has the blessings of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government.

Do deportations deter asylum seekers?
Finland has deported about 20,000 people to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan since 2011. Source: Yle.
Percentage of people that are deported after their request for asylum is turned down. Source: Yle.

Ninety  civil society organizations that attended the European Migration Forum on March 2-3 put out the following statement that question plans by the EU Commission to speed up and detain asylum seekers. They fear that the new measures will cause more harm and suffering. The joint statement reads:

“There is no evidence that immigration detention or forced removal has a deterrent effect, or is sustainable. Detention and forced returns are extremely harmful practices that have long-lasting severe physical and mental health impacts as well as high risks of suicide. Re-emigration rates among returnees are high and forced removal has not been shown to lower the migration aspirations of the communities where people are returned to.”

Since these vulnerable people aren’t supposed to have a name, Migrant Tales started to publish from January 2017 a list of people who are detained, deported or released by the police service. We depend on tip-offs by the public at large to update our list, which can alert different NGOs, human rights activists and the media about the people that Finland plans to deport this year.

If you know of any asylum seeker that was detained by the police service and who is going to be deported, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

لو علمت بان احد طالبي اللجوء في فنلندا يتم احتجازه بغرض الترحيل القسري , الرجاء اعلامنا على [email protected]

Stories published by Migrant Tales on the above-mentioned deportation cases

*Since the person is an asylum seeker and since we are concerned about his or her safety, Migrant Tales does not publish the real name of these victims. We have, however, some of their real names in our possession. 

  1. intternetnetsi

    “victims”…. They are illegally in finland and dont have need of protection.

    As you know “asylum seeker” doesnt mean one is entitled of asylum.

    There has to be personal threat where goverment cant or wont help. Not just being from fucked up area.

    • Migrant Tales

      I disagree. These undocumented migrants are in need of protection. Just because an anti-immigration party like the PS loathes human rights and cultural diversity shouldn’t mean that these people are cannon fodder for that party’s bad poll ratings. Read history, Hannu. Read it over and over again until you understand. One day you may be trying to get asylum in a foreign country and some jerk will tell you that he doesn’t believe you’re in danger. After that he’ll feed you to the dogs. Imagine how you’d feel.

  2. Finland is a hateful country

    “victims”…. They are illegally in finland and dont have need of protection.

    Yes they need protection, they are human beings, they are not illegally.

    Finnish law is a murderer, judges in Finland are murderer and terrorists, they sent back poor people to the middle of war and bombardment, shame on Finland ! down to the racists.

    Finnish people keep silent, they dont know it can happens to themselves too.
    Its war, no one knows, maybe tomorrow is your turn!

  3. PS voter

    “There is no evidence that immigration detention or forced removal has a deterrent effect, or is sustainable.” Australian asylum seekers policy proves that or building well defended fences are only policies that work. And it is high time that EU starts to use these proven policies, before this mass movement overruns EU and destroys EU, welfare state and western values, like safety of us gays.

  4. Finland is a hateful country

    PS Voter,
    What a poor refugee has to do with gay matter? Why you abuse gay word? No one cares that you are gay or not ! safety? What a poor refugee has to do against you a gay person? They are not here for you or against you? You are not their goal, they are here for peace ! They are coming from a warzone and you are worry for yourself and you try to show yourself a poor person? law must treat every body as equal, gay or not gay , muslim or not muslim, christian or not christian, atheist , Hindu, religion, no religion, … u understand? But law in Finland is completely racist and does work only for one group, for Finns, other people has no right here…
    And you are not better than others, why you try to show yourself better and very important?

    The time you are better and important that you understand what is the mean of humanity, that you dont attack humanity!
    Now you are attacking humanity, so dont feel yourself best.
    History of the world has a black list and Finland is in the middle of that and you yourself there too, specially you support racists!
    A racist gay!
    Western values? what do you call it values? being gay does not mean value, it is different matter, you want it, thats your choice to be a gay, and thats all. none of my business who you are or what u believe.

    But this is my business to defend humanity because humans are responsible for each other. i even will defend you if i see you need my help, not because you are a gay, but because you are a human being !

    Value? Finland still does not know what is humanity, is that value? you sending family, young men, men, children to ISIS circle, you present them like a gift to ISIS , is that value? You are in union with ISIS is that value? if you are worry for safety why you are with ISIS?
    You can not see other people breathing under same sky with you, is that value?

    You still dont know what is value !

    And what about a refugee if he is a gay? then thats your favorite and you say a big yes for them? yes? you looking for your benefit, not for humanity.
    Your eyes can not see except gay?
    Now dont worry , there is a police and security guard for each Finnish person in this country, no body will touch you, they are every where, in the shops, streets, trains, Lidl, S market, K market, Racist markets, square, here and there

    There is no peace in Finland, Finnish government is a military government, you are full of panic, Finalnd has millions problems only in police organization, psychic organisation! and all the time you say welfare, welfare, welfare system, you balming refugee for your faults, because your government never take responsibilty, why ? because people never judge government, people close their eyes, vote them and believe them, this is the truth in Finland.