We have had since January 6 the sad opportunity to witness closely four detentions and two deportations in Finland. There were two bright spots concerning the four asylum seekers: KM was released on Thursday last week and the deporation of another one, called SH, was halted . Even so, “Ali,” or AM, together with a 23-year-old Iraqi…
SH, who was apprehended by the police on January 6 together with KM, another Iraqi asylum seeker freed Thursday, is still being held at the Metsälä detention camp. SH is being held together with AM, another Iraqi asylum.
KM, one of three Iraqi asylum seekers that Finland planned to deport Monday with SH and AM, was released today after the district supreme court decided to review his case.
The news of the detention on Friday and deportation order on Sunday of two Iraqi asylum seekers, KM and SH, came to a shock to many asylum seekers in Finland. We suspect at Migrant Tales that deporting more people to Iraq this year is a ploy used by the Finnish Immigration Service and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government to instill fear among asylum seekers.
A judge in the city of Turku has decided that Iraqi asylum seeker KM will be deported “in two weeks” from Finland. KM told Migrant Tales that he didn’t know about the fate of his friend, SH, who was detained by police on Friday.
KM, the Iraqi asylum seeker that has been detained by the police in Turku, will see a judge today that will decide whether to deport him and his friend, SH, forcibly back to Iraq.
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.
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Don Flynn* David Cameron’s intervention during the EU leaders’ summit meeting in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius last week has made it clear enough that the issues of immigration and Europe are going to be heavily intertwined during the political debates of the coming period. Read full story here. Cameron’s claims that the…