Posts Tagged: deportation

Denmark takes another shot of steroids for its xenophobia

Denmark, the Nordic region’s most Islamophobic country, plans to tighten (again) its immigration laws by deporting all foreigners who are handed prison sentences, according to DR of Denmark. DR writes that the government wants to introduce changes in the law so that any foreigner slapped with an unconditional prison sentence will be deported. “Today, a

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Alejandro Díaz Ortiz: Odyssey in the Finnish Immigration System

My name is Alejandro Díaz Ortiz, I am a Puerto Rican artist, musician, songwriter, graphic designer, and filmmaker who has lived in Finland for the past 9 years. I have been creating art and composing music here ever since I first arrived. Therefore, many know me for my performances in public spaces, gigs, concerts, and

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A second deportation attemp from Finland to Mauritania

The desperation and anguish in a woman’s voice are present as she pleads for help for her Mauritanian husband, 45,  who was deported on March 27. It was the second time that the police had tried to deport her husband after the first attempt, on March 19, on Turkish Airlines failed. 

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A deportation that broke a family of three (or four) in Kemi, Finland

Migrant Tales understands that the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) ordered on Wednesday the detention of three asylum seekers living in the northern Finnish city of Kemi. Two of them, the father and son, were deported Thursday at 12:30 from Helsinki to Lebanon. The wife, who experienced the loss of her son in 2015 due to cancer, has gone into hiding after she escaped from the hospital. 

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Afghan asylum seeker in Joutseno: “Good morning to [you] too”

Since September, an Afghan family comprising of three adults, two minors and their parents left Finland for Germany for fear that they would be deported to Afghanistan. One of the asylum seekers, who is a young man, was deported from Germany to Finland. Today he was taken to the Joutseno Immigration Removal Center from Metsälä in Helsinki.  

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A message from Ali, who was deported to Kabul, Afghanistan, from Finland

A thirty-year-old  Afghan asylum seeker who was deported from Finland three months ago got in touch with me Thursday morning. His messages on Messenger were simple but behind them were evident uncertainty and anxiety. We spoke in Finnish by phone later in the afternoon. Ali had learned a lot of Finnish in the two and a half years he waited unsuccessfully for a residence permit. 

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Ibrahim’s last chat with me before his departure to Iraq

Ibrahim’s* case, the Iraqi asylum seeker who returned “voluntarily” to Iraq this week, is a case in point of how the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and politicians fail people. Here are some facts about Ibrahim, who moved to Finland in October 2015: he applied for 25-30 jobs a week; constantly did voluntary work; converted to

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Mohammed’s deportation from Finland to Iraq on May 29

There are many reasons why some consider the Finnish justice and asylum system inhumane towards asylum seekers. Amnesty International has cited factors like restrictions of the right to free legal representation and reduced appeal times in 2016 as factors that have undermined asylum seekers’ situation in Finland. 

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A food distributor that hires asylum seekers, pays them under the table, to change the sell-by dates of their old products

An Espoo-Helsinki-based ethnic-food distributor, which allegedly hires asylum seekers and pays them near-starvation salaries under the table, uses such victims to repackage and change the sell-by dates of food products that should not be sold. Some of these products are allegedly five years old and their sell-by dates have changed twice, according to an asylum seeker, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

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Finnish Immigration Service: “Your wife’s unborn child can grow up without you; is the child going to be raised a Muslim?”

 Apparently, there is no guarantee in Finland that marriage or having a child with a Finnish citizen will guarantee asylum and a residence permit. It is the case of Abdul,* who spoke on condition of anonymity, an Iraqi asylum seeker who came to Finland in 2015. Contrary to many like him, Abdul is married to a Finnish woman who is expecting their child in September. 

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Finland must stop locking up asylum seekers and their children

The picture of one of the seven minors who was detained at the Joutseno immigration removal center in April 2017 should shock us all. That picture, the asylum policies of the Finnish Immigration Service, and the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä are destroying the very values of our Nordic welfare state. 

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Twitter: UNICEF criticizes Finland over the detention of asylum-seeker children

UNICEF rebukes Finland over its treatment of asylum-seeking minors, according to YLE News. Human rights activists like Zuzeeko Tegha Abeng have lobbied Finland to stop detaining children in 2013. He wrote: “According to Amnesty International, children should be in day care centres, schools or skateparks – not in police detention. Finland detains thousands of people

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Asylum seeker in detention cell 208: “I’ll be released again – I hope I’ll never have to see this place again”

A supreme administrative court order today stopped Monday’s deportation of an Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 208 (detained last year in cell 406). It was in November when the twenty-one-year-old asylum seeker, after being held for 32 days, was released under the same circumstances.  At  4:30 pm sharp a guard at the Joutseno* immigration

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“Asylum seeker in detention cell 406” was detained again by the police and faces deportation to Iraq

“Asylum seeker in detention cell 406,” who was detained in Lappeenranta for 32 days last year was detained by the police Tuesday morning at around 10 am at the Suonsaari asylum reception center, located about 10km from the city of Mikkeli. Migrant Tales understands that the administrative court rejected his appeal for asylum. 

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Another Christian asylum seeker faces deportation from Finland

Migrant Tales received a phone call today about a young nineteen-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who was apprehended by the police in Tampere and locked up in a cell awaiting possible deportation. He was offered two options by the police: Either return to Iraq “voluntarily” or by force. He refused to sign either document.

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Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “Migri doesn’t believe I’m a Christian”

 Just like the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) proclaims violent countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia to be “safe” for such nationals but not for Finns, they don’t have any problems about deporting you back to such countries if you are a Christian. If what Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Lappeenranta states is correct, his life is in danger if deported as a Christian back to his former home country. 

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A Cameroonian’s rendezvous with near-deportation in Finland

After publishing the detention of an Iraqi asylum seeker in Lappeenranta on Tuesday, another asylum seeker contacted us on the same day. The asylum seeker was in police custody in the city of Vaasa. Contrary to the Iraqi asylum seeker, the Cameroonian was married to a Finn who is was expecting a child. 

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Migrant Tales insight: Swedish Daily News published an article on legal alternatives for negative asylum decisions in Finland

Anyone who has had a refusal to emigrate from Finland has the problem of not organizing his or her defense at the appeal stage of the Finnish courts. Unfortunately, many are getting their applications for asylum rejected by the court. It is important to obtain support and information on the closure of the asylum case in Finland after all stages of the judicial appeal are exhausted.

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Zaki Husseini returns to Finland after being deported and staying 47 days in Kabul, Afghanistan

Zaki Husseini, 19, became the first asylum seeker that came in 2015 to return to Finland after being deported. He got in touch with Migrant Tales  a day after he was deported to Kabul. Thanks to Hussain Kazemian, we were able to get a glimpse of his ordeal and bad luck. A day after he was forced to return to Afghanistan on July 4 with 11 other asylum seekers, the supreme district court ruled against his deportation. 

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Welcome back to “safe” Iraq, let me slash you with a knife

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) continues to insist that countries like Iraq, where Finnish nationals are discouraged from visiting, is a safe country to deport people. Migri deports everyone they don’t give residence permits. You leave either “voluntarily” or by “force.”  

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Avelino* wasn’t the first undocumented migrant I had met in Finland

I got an email from a Migrant Tales reader who told me about Avelino*, a middle-aged Filipino who was working in Finland but who got deported last year with his two children. He wasn’t the first undocumented migrant I had met in Finland. The first one I met was a Mexican cook in the 1980s who was working for a restaurant called Mexicana in Helsinki.

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Finland plans to deport another family with four children aged 1 to 6 years to Iraq

Even if former Finnish President Tarja Halonen (2006-2012) said today that deportations of asylum seekers should be suspended until the authorities  have updated their security information of Afghanistan, Iraq and especially Syria, according to YLE News, there are plans to deport yet another Iraqi family with four children to their home country on Friday, April 28.  

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Iraqi asylum seeker FS: Deportation countdown begins

The police service in Seinjäjoki, a city located 30km from the Finnish Emigrant Museum of Peräseinäjoki, told a young Iraqi asylum seeker on Monday of his third rejections for asylum by the supreme district court and has two choices: To return “voluntarily” or “by force” to Iraq.

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Facebook: “We won’t send you back to a hell called Iraq,” writes Kerstin Ögård

Hi guys

I just had this thought that to do something about our “murderer-government” (:D :D) we really need you Iraqi people to not work against each other. There is so much suspicion and lies and mistrust…some people working together with OUR government(??), giving them information just so people save their own asses—guys, this country does not work that way! 🙂 ( I understand everybody just do what you need to do, to stay safe..I am not judging, I understand this…)

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A Finnish asylum policy that is doomed to fail

It’s been well over a year since tens of thousands of asylum seekers came to Finland from countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and others. An important watershed in the history of these asylum seekers took place in May, when an assessment by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) saw parts of countries like Iraq are safe to return asylum seekers.

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Iraqi asylum seeker being put on plane and deported today

Migrant Tales has learned of a new deportation today at around 7 pm Tuesday from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, according to a video below posted on social media sites.  “This terrifies me because it proves to me that human rights don’t apply to us,” an asylum seeker said. “You really don’t know where you’ll be in Finland

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پولیس فنلاند پناه جویان را به” اشتباه

وامیدارد” تا داوطلبانه به کشورشان بازگردند. اما نمیتوان این موضوع را بطور رسمی تایید کرد . زمانی که به پناه جو برای دومین بار جواب منفی داده میشود، به اداره پولیس مراجعه میکند تا جواب “محکمه محلی “ را از پولیس دریافت کند. منبعی به ما میگوید: بعد از دریافت جواب منفی اداره پولیس، پناهجو

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هذا ما حدث عندما وصلت طائره علي المبعد الى العراق

على الرغم من تصريحات السفير العراقي في فنلندا السيد السبتي ان العراق لن يقبل بترحيل طالبي اللجوء العراقيين قسرا الى العراق , ان علىي , طالب اللجوء العراقي والذي قمنا بمتابعته قد وصل الى بعداد مكرها

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January 6-18: Bittersweet days of despair and hope in the lives of four detained Iraqi asylum seekers in Finland

We have had since January 6 the sad opportunity to witness closely four detentions and two deportations in Finland. There were two bright spots concerning the four asylum seekers: KM was released on Thursday last week and the deporation of another one, called SH, was halted .  Even so, “Ali,” or AM, together with a 23-year-old Iraqi

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As deportations start to pick up in Finland since the beginning of the year so has fear among Iraqi and other asylum seekers

The news of the detention on Friday and deportation order on Sunday of two Iraqi asylum seekers, KM and SH, came to a shock to many asylum seekers in Finland. We suspect at Migrant Tales that deporting more people to Iraq this year is a ploy used by the Finnish Immigration Service and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government to instill fear among asylum seekers.

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Why do the Finnish police deport Iraqi asylum seekers if there is no repatriation agreement with Baghdad?

In early December, National Police Board Chief Superintendent Mia Poutanen was quoted as saying in YLE News it is “a false notion” that Finland needs a repatriation agreement with a country like Iraq to deport somebody. Migrant Tales got in touch with an Iraqi asylum seeker who is being detained and risks deportation.

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Migrants’ Rights Network: An atlas of migration that tells the story of globalisation and barriers to freedom

Don Flynn*       David Cameron’s intervention during the EU leaders’ summit meeting in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius last week has made it clear enough that the issues of immigration and Europe are going to be heavily intertwined during the political debates of the coming period. Read full story here. Cameron’s claims that the

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