Coronavirus infections at the Luona-managed Nihtisilta reception center in Espoo now stand at 97, according to Luona’s Business Director Suvi Salonen. That compares with two cases at the beginning of April and up to 25 during the middle of the month. “We tested 207 people [of the Nihtisilta reception center] on Monday and Tuesday andRead on »
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Coronavirus cases at the Espoo asylum reception center surge from 2 to 22
After two coronavirus cases to mid-April, Helsingin Sanomat reported Monday of 22 infections at the Luona-managed Nihtisilta reception center in Espoo. Haidari Ehsan is an asylum seeker at the Nihtisilta reception center, which houses 410 refugees. “I’m not happy with the way Luona has informed us about the outbreak at the reception center,” he said.Read on »
Why did Finland allocate so much money on asylum reception centers that treated in too many cases refugees like “livestock?”
In 2015 and 2016 some 38,000 asylum seekers came to Finland and scores of asylum reception centers were established rapidly throughout the country to house so many people. Even if the government’s ever-draconian view of migrants was “not make Finland attractive to asylum seekers” at any cost, asylum seekers helped expose our ineffective immigration and integration policy.Read on »
Luona, Kolari, Villa Meri, Keuruu, Laajakoski asylum reception centers in Finland that are shameful examples
When asked about how the government reacted to the 32,476 asylum seekers that came to Finland in 2015, the answer is simple: The government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä states that they did a good job in finding shelter for such people. Well, sort of…Read on »
The refugee business in Finland is booming
What do you think about private companies making profits off asylum seekers? What do you think about this company, whose turnover rose to 12 million euros and paid bonuses to its major shareholders, which has been accused of treating asylum seekers under its care “like livestock?” Do you understand the Finnish state, which is supposedRead on »
Security guards at Luona’s Pitäjänmäki reception center continue to treat asylum seekers with disrespect
Migrant Tales continues to hear about how some security guards at Luona, a private company that operates eight asylum reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Hyvinkää, abuse their power. In February, the company’s general manager, Milja Saksi, said that the company has taken the necessary steps to address the racist treatment of its asylum seekers.Read on »
On top of Luona’s poor reputation, the Finnish company is alleged to use informers to spy on asylum seekers
Do asylum reception centers have informers? If so, what do they inform to the management and how do they make life difficult for the rest of the residents? Migrant Tales has heard of one such alleged case at Luona’s Sokkakuja reception center.Read on »
More alleged abuses of asylum seekers by Barona security guards
Migrant Tales continues hearing disturbing news about the poor treatment by Barona security guards and the Finnish police of asylum seekers.Read on »
A formal complaint by five asylum seeker at Luona’s reception center sheds light on alleged “gross abuses”
Abuses at the asylum reception centers run by Luona have come to light from the occupants who consider their alleged treatment by the staff of the private company as “gross abuses” and a breach of their “human dignity” and “rights.”Read on »
Is Barona’s fast-track employment scheme “a joke?”
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland largest daily, published a story this month about three Eritreans who had found work at a logistics company in Vantaa thanks to a fast-track employment scheme at Barona, an employment agency that owns Luona, a private subsidiary that manages eight asylum reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Hyvinkää.Read on »
An asylum seeker at Villa Meri reception center is on hunger strike protesting poor treatment by the staff
One refugees at the Villa Meri asylum reception center in the western city of Rauma is on hunger strike denouncing the poor treatment by the staff. The reception center is run by a private company, Hoivapalvelu Metsätähti, which is owned by Helsinki-based Mehiläinen, a private health care company.Read on »
How many former asylum seekers from Luona got jobs thanks to a fast-track employment scheme?
How is it possible that a fast-track hiring scheme for former asylum seekers at Barona, an employment agency that owns Luona, a private subsidiary that manages eight asylum reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Hyvinkää, gets a lot of attention in Helsingin Sanomat?Read on »
Recovering Afghan who attempted suicide wants to leave Finland
The 23-24-year-old Afghan, who attempted to take his life Friday night, is recovering at a hospital and has asked to be deported from Finland after he recovers, according to a source contacted by Migrant Tales.Read on »
Two new suicide cases involving asylum seekers in Finland not reported by the media
After the tragic news of two asylum seekers that attempted to take their lives on Friday at Luona’s asylum reception center in Espoo, Migrant Tales has learned of two suicide cases that occurred and weren’t reported by the media.Read on »
Abuses at Luona’s asylum reception centers continue – two refugees tried to commit suicide
The right-wing Finnish government, and especially the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, which shares power with the Center Party and National Coalition Party (NCP), have been trying their hardest to find ways to deport some 20,000 of the 32, 476 asylum seekers that came to Finland in 2015.Read on »
Abuse of asylum seekers at Luona’s reception centers continues despite assurances that they don’t permit “racist behavior”
Migrant Tales understands that asylum seekers at Luona, a private company that manages eight reception centers, continue to suffer abuse. Luona employees with foreign backgrounds treat asylum seekers in a racist and inhumane manner, according to a source.Read on »
How “safe and reliable” is the Finnish police towards asylum seekers?
How are asylum seekers treated in Finland by the police? One would hope that it would be in a humane and respectful manner. Migrant Tales has published two stories about asylum seekers being handcuffed and locked up in a police cell for many hours for what we’d consider minor offenses.Read on »
Our image of Finland to asylum seekers is too rosy and full of myths that expose ethnocentrism and hypocrisy
As a sociologist, it’s interesting to note how Finland portrays itself to outsiders. One of these presentations is a three-volume Beginners guide to Finland published by the Finnish Immigration Service (FIS). Just like the populist catchphrase maassa maan tavalla, in Rome do as the Romans do, asylum seekers and migrants are being fed myths about ourselves.Read on »
Luona claims that it has zero tolerance for racism but can you teach a racist dog new tricks?
General manager Milja Saksi of Luona, a private company that operates seven asylum reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo, and Vantaa, claims to have taken necessary steps to address the racist treatment of its asylum seekers, according to YLE.Read on »
Never underestimate – even in Finland – the power of the word and fearless investigative journalism
The power of the word and fearless investigative journalism does pay off even in countries like Finland. Today YLE published a big story about the abuses and poor treatment that asylum seekers get at the reception centers run by Luona, a private company.Read on »
Iraqi asylum seeker: The first Finnish word I learned was “vittu”
It’s a Sunday and we’re at a fast-food Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Helsinki. I have an appointment with a twenty-six-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who came to Finland in September via Tornio and who is staying at one of Luona’s asylum reception centers. Like many who have the misfortune of staying at a reception center run by Luona, he too isn’t happy about the poor and humiliating treatment he’s getting.Read on »
Why are so many Iraqi asylum seekers abandoning Finland?
According to some sources, a large number of asylum seekers from countries like Iraq are leaving Finland and going back home. Considering that two-thirds of the Iraqis that came to Finland last year are young single men, it’s nothing odd that some are returning.Read on »
Does Luona treat asylum seekers with dignity or as livestock?
Finland saw a record number of asylum seekers come to the country last year. These 32,500 people that traveled far from countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia, have found temporary housing in asylum reception centers. Who watches over, never mind defends, their rights?Read on »
BOX STORY: Mohammed Saleh Muhsin
Mohammed Saleh Muhsin, 26, is one of the many thousands of young Iraqi asylum seekers that came to Finland in the fall. Like many of his countrymen, he too speaks of the violence and strife strangling Iraq. He spoke to Migrant Tales about his treatment at two of Luona’s reception centers. “I arrived on September 23Read on »
Was the death of an Afghani asylum seeker at Luona’s reception center due to negligence?
Migrant Tales published on Friday a story where it asked about the circumstances of the death of an asylum seeker, Jayyed Abbas Jaffari (1995-2016), in early January that was staying at Luona’s reception center in Espoo. Was there negligence or not by the private company that runs reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa?Read on »
Does Finland treat asylum seekers with human dignity or as livestock?
Ever wonder why the media, the government never mind private companies running asylum reception centers in Finland are so quiet about the people they are giving shelter, food, and temporary protection? The mere fact that we know so little already raises a lot of questions like the Suomen Kuvalehti story about the death of an asylum seeker in early January.Read on »