Iraqis clean debris at the site of a bomb attack that killed nearly 300 people in the district of Karrada, Baghdad, on 2 July, 2016.
Iraqis clean debris at the site of a bomb attack that killed nearly 300 people in the district of Karrada, Baghdad, on 2 July, 2016.

The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) has come under criticism for a text circulating on social media that is allegedly a decision given recently to an asylum seeker from Mosul, Iraq.

Many have voiced their bafflement with especially the fact that the asylum application was turned down even though the decision expounds at great length on how Isis, the terrorist organisation also known as Isil, IS and Daesh, remains a threat to many residents of Iraq, including the asylum applicant.

The decision was published by Sunniva Drake, a regional library director at the City of Espoo, with the consent of the applicant in question, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

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“You told that you and your mother fled the city to a refugee camp located near Erbil like many other residents of Mosul. You heard that your home, which was under construction, had been destroyed in an explosion one month after leaving the city,” the decision reads. “You cannot return to Mosul because you have lost everything and are afraid that you will be killed by Isis. You have not caved to the demands of Isis and so the organisation considers you an opponent who has to be killed to deter others.”

Migri states in the ruling that it accepts the death threats and explosions reported by the applicant as facts. Yet, the the application was rejected on grounds that the applicant, a Sunni Muslim, can re-locate to one of the Sunni neighbourhoods of the predominantly Shiite-inhabited capital of Iraq, Baghdad.

“The Immigration Service does not accept it as a fact that you face the threat of being killed by Isis due to personal reasons but rather due to the arbitrary violence that is related to funding the operations of Isis in your unsafe home region,” it states.

“The Immigration Service rules that an internal flight is an option for you and that for the said reason you are not in need of asylum. The Immigration Service has herein ruled that you have the option to move legally and safely to Baghdad and that there you are not under the threat of persecution or serious injury. No asylum will therefore be granted.”

Migri refrains from commenting specifically on the case in question but states that it has no reason to doubt the authenticity of the published text. Drake, similarly, assures in an interview with Uusi Suomi that the text she published is authentic.

She also estimates that the negative decision is a result of the legislative change introduced in May stipulating that asylum can no longer be granted on grounds of humanitarian protection.

The applicant has lodged an appeal against the ruling.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Sabah Arar – AFP / Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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