UPDATED: Iraqi asylum seeker takes his life after getting a negative decision from the Finnish Immigration Service

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales has heard that a nineteen-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker took his life on Sunday after the Finnish Immigration Service turned down his request for asylum. The death of the young man, which was posted in Facebook, shows how unbearable the situation has become for some asylum seekers.

 His name is Mohammed M. A. and he has lived in Finland for a year. He got a negative decision and his appeal was also turned down. He appears to have been a resident at the Ruskeasuo reception center run by the Red Cross.*

Mohammed in semi-better times. Source: Facebook.

Migrant Tales published earlier this month a story about a young Iraqi asylum seeker who attempted to take his life spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Obviously, there’s a big difference between the situation now and the situation [in Finland] 7 months ago,” he said. “In the past, we heard that applications for asylum were never rejected. But now, out of a hundred people… only two to four  get asylum. We are not told why.”

Meanwhile, we all heard about the death of Jimi Joonas Karttunen’s death at the hands of Neo-Nazi thugs right next to the Main Railway Station of Helsinki.


The vice chairman of the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)[1] party, Ritva Elomaa above, blamed the man’s death on Finland’s immigration policy.

If that’s the case, what would the PS vice chairman blame the asylum seekers death on?

Correct: The tightening of Finland’s immigration policy.

*Migrant Tales has incorrectly reported that the Iraqi asylum seeker was a resident of the  Pitäjänmäki asylum reception center in Helsinki run by Luona.”

[1] 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.” 


  1. PS voter

    Is it possible somehow to get more information about this case? For example, to get in contact with persons who knew him or about reasons why he was seeking asylum?