Deportation of Iraqi family of nine from Finland: Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s asylum policy is a shame to all of us

by , under The Supermen

As the Finnish government spends the Easter holidays in the comfort of their homes and family company, an Iraqi family of nine is awaiting deportation from Finland. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to put oneself in their shoes and wonder what is going through their heads at this moment at the Joutseno immigration removal center. 

The Finnish government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, which shares power with the National Coalition Party and anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, is firmly behind these deportations which will start to pick up this year.

“Now is the season for deportations,” said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity and who works with asylum seekers. “It’s going to be a messy job [as the deportation of the Iraqi family shows].”

Deportations don’t work and they are an ineffective way of solving a problem. If being deported can be traumatic process for an adult, it must be even worse for children.

What is the most outrageous matter about the deportation of the Iraqi family and Finland’s asylum policy is that it is political. The PS, which saw their support plummet to the one-digit political league in the municipal elections, are desperately ratcheting up their anti-immigration and deport-them-all all rhetoric to attract voters.

Just like the PS, the NCP and Center Party aren’t any better but accomplices in the deportations.

One of the children of the family of nine looks outside her barred and barb-wired window. Source: Iltalehti.

Me olemme Joutsen(ossa). Ovet kiinni…ja ikkunat kiinni. Jos tarvitsemme asia paina ovikelloa…sitten poliisi tule. Ja siellä on kamera. Ja emme osamme ulos. We are in Joutseno. Door closes..and windows are closed. If we need something we press the doorbell…then the police comes. And there’s a camera. And we don’t know how to go outside. Source: Iltalehti.

The official translation to Finnish of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party is the Finns Party. In our opinion, it is not only a horrible translation, but one that is misguided. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Such terms like the Finns Party of True Finns promote as well in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and thereafter the acronym PS.

  1. Finland is a hateful country

    Finland is hunting poor refugees for torturing them in jails, because Finland feels boring without jail and prison !
    Finland does work against human rights, against children and against every single young refugee plus many more…

    Look how children live in Finland, how a teenage can live like this? after they came here with a very tired soul, they tried every single day and night, they had hope, they were looking for humans, for humanity, years after years and finally they are here in a land that offeing them hate instead love and iron instead nature, rain of torture instead welcome !

    Inside a room , all she has is walls, walls after walls, camera here and there, polices with hateful faces, barbed wire ! Iron fence, shame on you Finland, you have a big black history, how can you do this? shame on you, Poor girl has no flower but barbed wire.

    Will you Finland enjoy it if a country. a neighbour attacks you and keeps you and your familes inside barbed, answrer? will you like it? will you enjoy it?

    Or still you think nothing will happens to you? ! ! !

    Finland has balck clouds full of poison, its raining, rain of poison, and soon or later this poison will catch all, all include Finns ! so dont think you are safe ! racism is a virus in Finland ! no one is safe, NO ONE !