Two Iraqi asylum seekers arrested last Thursday by Finnish police in Turku will be deported back to their country in two weeks time, a Finnish judge has decided.
In late November last year the asylum applications of both men, from Baghdad and Nasiriyah, were rejected, with little explanation offered other than ‘return to Iraq is safe’.
Appealing the decision of the Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI) is a right granted in all but a few cases, within the period of 30 days. Appeals are processed by the administrative court that may overturn MIGRI’s decision, or deliver an identical verdict. If rejected for the second time, a petition of appeal can be submitted to the Supreme Administrative Court.
The men arrested, Haydar and Karrar, have yet to exercise this right, now eclipsed by their unexplained incarceration.
News yesterday reached FRB that Hayar and Karrar, were transferred to what is known among refugees as ‘the closed camp’, from which refugees are deported, in Helsinki.
The absence of security and the proliferation of violence are the reasons underpinning the departure of both men from their native Iraq. The decision for their forced repatriation has been reached, but despite that, both have vowed to resist deportation arguing that “ their arrest is imminent the minute they land at Baghdad airport”.
In an interview with FRB, local activist and refugee, Mustafa said that "the war against Iraqis has extended beyond their country. They are not even safe in Finland, and are unwanted worlwide. Where do we turn?".