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.
KM and his friend SH were detained Friday at their asylum reception center in Laitila, located 60km north of Turku. It was in Raisio where they were apprehended by the police and taken to Turku, where they are awaiting a judge’s decision on Sunday or Monday if they will be deported or can remain in the country.
KM* and SH* have two negative decisions from the Finnish Immigration Service concerning their application for asylum.
KM is a young Iraqi being taken in a squad car to a police station in Turku from Laitila.
“We were held by the police today because they claimed that we wanted to leave the country,” KM told Migrant Tales by phone. “This is not true. We have no plans to leave Finland. I’m ready to cooperate with the authorities.”
KM said that he hasn’t been able to talk to his friend SH at the police station except on WhatsApp.
KM inside a police cell in Turku.
“I spoke to my lawyer and she said that they cannot deport us because there is no repatriation agreement between Finland and Iraq,” he added. “I can’t return back to Iraq because of the militia [which will kill me].”
Migrant Tales tried to call KM five minutes ago at 21:35 but his phone is now disconnected.
Here’s the million-euro question: If there is no repatriation agreement between Finland and Iraq, why are the police deporting Iraqi nationals back to their country?
Migrant Tales reported on December 23 that no agreement was reached between Finland and the Iraqi ministry of migration & displaced on a repatriation agreement.
The ministry of migration & displaced said that Iraq would be willing to accept Iraqi criminals but Päivi Nerg of the Finnish interior ministry said that such an agreement wasn’t possible.
*The full names of both asylum seekers have been kept anonymous because Migrant Tales is concerned about their safety in Iraq.