As the Finnish government spends the Easter holidays in the comfort of their homes and family company, an Iraqi family of nine is awaiting deportation from Finland. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to put oneself in their shoes and wonder what is going through their heads at this moment at the Joutseno immigration removal center.
The Finnish government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, which shares power with the National Coalition Party and anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, is firmly behind these deportations which will start to pick up this year.
“Now is the season for deportations,” said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity and who works with asylum seekers. “It’s going to be a messy job [as the deportation of the Iraqi family shows].”
Deportations don’t work and they are an ineffective way of solving a problem. If being deported can be traumatic process for an adult, it must be even worse for children.
What is the most outrageous matter about the deportation of the Iraqi family and Finland’s asylum policy is that it is political. The PS, which saw their support plummet to the one-digit political league in the municipal elections, are desperately ratcheting up their anti-immigration and deport-them-all all rhetoric to attract voters.
Just like the PS, the NCP and Center Party aren’t any better but accomplices in the deportations.
One of the children of the family of nine looks outside her barred and barb-wired window. Source: Iltalehti.
Me olemme Joutsen(ossa). Ovet kiinni…ja ikkunat kiinni. Jos tarvitsemme asia paina ovikelloa…sitten poliisi tule. Ja siellä on kamera. Ja emme osamme ulos. We are in Joutseno. Door closes..and windows are closed. If we need something we press the doorbell…then the police comes. And there’s a camera. And we don’t know how to go outside. Source: Iltalehti.
* The official translation to Finnish of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party is the Finns Party. In our opinion, it is not only a horrible translation, but one that is misguided. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Such terms like the Finns Party of True Finns promote as well in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and thereafter the acronym PS.