The Iraqi ambassador to Finland, Matheel Dhayif Al-Sabti, the minister of migration & displaced, and the Iraqi parliament have made it clear to Europe and Finland that they will not accept nationals deported from Europe.
The news must come as a shock to Finnish officials like Päivi Nerg of the ministry of interior and to the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, which have done everything possible to make Iraqi asylum seekers feel unwelcomed in Finland.
The entrance of the Suonsaari asylum reception center near Mikkeli.
Finland’s hardline stance towards asylum seekers has not only exposed the heartless populism of the Perussuomalaiset* party in government and the Center Party’s and National Coalition Party’s complicity, Finland’s immigration policy has become an utter failure.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”