A distress call on Messenger Saturday by an Iraqi asylum seeker. The family lives in Ruovesi, which is located between Jyväskylä and Tampere.
What do you say about a country that is willing to throw into the street and deport a three-and-a-half-month-old baby born in Finland? Let’s include another one-and-a-half-year-old child, a six-year-old girl, and a boy, who is eight. What about if we add their parents as well?
This isn’t a true story from a country like Hungary or Serbia where asylum seekers are treated like animals but is happening at this moment in Finland, which claims to stand up for human rights. One such human right is the right to seek shelter.
Who is to blame?
The culprits are MPs who appeal to voters with their exposed or disguised hatred and ignorance of asylum seekers. When you act in such a way, you are going to cause harm and damage to real people like the family of six that will be kicked out from the asylum center in Ruovesi on March 23 and deported (see eviction letter below).
The eviction notice by the Red Cross sent to the Iraqi family.
The whole issue revolves around residence permits granted on humanitarian grounds, which was done away with last year by parliament. Now, after getting three rejections, but in the case of this family after two rejections, you become undocumented and must leave the country with an offer you cannot refuse from the police: leave “voluntarily” or by force.
One of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party’s main goals in government was to do away with the clause that offered residence permits to asylum seekers on humanitarian grounds.
The PS succeeded last year when law 2/2016 was approved thus causing the number of undocumented migrants to soar from a few hundred to the thousands. It wasn’t only the PS and its government parters, the Center Party and National Coalition Party (NCP), which voted in favor of the law. In that group you’ll find the majority of Social Democratic and Christian Democratic MPs.
One of these MPs that voted in favor of the law is a former refugee, Nasima Razmyar, of the Social Democratic Party.
It is not only in bad taste, but even sinister, when government members like NCP Interior Minister Paula Risikko claim that these undocumented migrants pose a threat to Finland.
Who has made turned them into a so-called threat? How did they become destitute and who wants to forsake them?
The government (PS, Center Party and NCP) and two opposition parties (Social Democrats and Christian Democrats).
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”