Could somebody explain how a politician like MP called Nasima Razmyar of the Social Democratic Party can speak against deportations when her vote in parliament last year was partly responsible for the deportation that took place on Monday?
Razmyar as well as the majority of Social Democratic MPs, the Center Party, National Coalition Party, Perussuomalaiset* and Christian Democrats voted to do away with residence permits on humanitarian grounds.
Scrapping such a law now means that after three rejections asylum seekers can be deported back to their countries. Before, they were given a temporary residence permit that allowed to stay in Finland.
Even if it is a good matter that MP Razmyar speaks out against deportations at Monday’s demonstrations, it is disingenuous of her since her vote made the Afghan family’s deportation possible.
Considering her background as a refugee, we need an explanation from Razmyar why she voted against the bill that did away with residence permits on humanitarian grounds.