Posts Tagged: Migri

Amir’s tragic life as an asylum seeker in Finland

I got to know Amir* in 2016 when he was living in the Kolari asylum refugee center. Thanks to his help and those of others, the asylum seekers of the reception center organized a demonstration that ended with the deputy manager, Jari Sillantie, getting sacked. Amir, an Iraqi, came to Finland in 2015 like so

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A piece of heaven in hel: Be a Finn for 90 days

During the global pandemic, Helsinki Business Hub, the international trade and investment promotion agency of Finland launched a campaign to attract foreign top professionals to work for 90 days remotely, as freelancer, an entrepreneur, or investor located in Helsinki. A catchy slogan and an all-round package attracted over five thousand applicants during the application period

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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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An Iraqi family in Finland and their brave 13-year-old daughter

Asylum seekers and migrants commonly get in touch with Migrant Tales like a Turkmen Iraqi family below who feared being deported back to their former home country. Their daughter is 13 years old and she speaks at least five languages. Since she is the only one who can speak Finnish, she not only interprets language but the family’s anxiety and fear. 

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Onko Suomen ulkomaalaispolitiikkaa muuttunut paljon 1980-luvulta?

Migrant Talesin kommentti: Tässä on kirjoitus Näköpiiri lehdestä 1980-luvun alussa, joka käsitteli Suomen ulkomaalaispolitiikkaa. Onko paljon muuttunut niistä ajoista kun ulkomaalaistoimiston toimistopäällikkö Eila Kännö johti nykyinen Maahanmuuttovirasto? Jutussa lukee: “Väitän, että sillä miten viranomaiset ja lehdistö kohtelevat maassamme vakituisesti tai tilapaisesti oleskelevia ulkomaalaisia on hyvin suuri merkitys ja vaikutus somalaisten yleiseen suhtautumiseen ulkomaalaisuuteen.”

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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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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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AntroBlogi: Minä, Jumala ja hallinto-oikeus

Jos turvapaikanhakija kokee lähtömaassaan vainoa uskonnollisen vakaumuksensa vuoksi, tämä voi olla peruste turvapaikan myöntämiselle Suomeen. Mutta entä jos hän on vaihtanut uskontoa kesken hakuprosessin? Tällöin Suomessa arvioidaan hakijan uskonnollisen vakaumuksen aitoutta. Hallinto-oikeus arvioi tuoreessa päätöksessään, millä perustein voidaan olettaa turvapaikanhakijan olevan kristitty. Se toteaa, että kaste ei ole riittävä selvitys “aidosta kristinuskoon kääntymisestä”. Lisäksi “yksinomaan

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Helsingin Sanomat article on the Finnish Immigration Service sheds light on an institution distanced from human rights and Nordic values

It is surprising that whenever a Finnish government tightens immigration policy, it washes its hands by stating that it’s common practice in the EU or Sweden. Is it? If a landmark decision last month by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is anything to go by, the government’s hardline stance on returning asylum seekers to a “safe” country like Iraq is more than questionable.

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In the asylum seekers’ eyes

Muh’ed Today I visited a Finnish-language class of asylum seekers silently worrying day by day. The Finnish-language teacher, a man, asked me to speak to them in the Finnish language, and tell about my life in Finland. I spoke slow Finnish, I told them who I am. How long I have lived in Finland and

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