Migrant Tales insight: Thank you Muhammed Shire for tweeting this. The fact that there are so many questions thrown at permanent secretary of the interior ministry, Päivi Nerg, about Monday’s deportation is a good sign. It shows that more and more people in Finland oppose the government’s asylum policies. Don’t be confused by Nerg’s title. She’s the hardline public servant of Finland’s tight immigration policy against asylum seekers.
We have said on a number of occasions in Migrant Tales that the extreme hardline stance of the government’s asylum policy will turn against it. We saw this happen in the 1980s when the tough stance of the then Aliens Office turned against itself because it was so out of touch with public opinion.