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People took part in a demonstration against the detentions and forced returns of unsuccessful asylum seekers in Tampere on 8 August, 2017.
People took part in a demonstration against the detentions and forced returns of unsuccessful asylum seekers in Tampere on 8 August, 2017.

 

YLE has revealed that a middle-aged man who was denied asylum in Finland was shot dead in Baghdad, Iraq, on 17 December, 2017.

The man had returned voluntarily to his home country only a few weeks prior to the incident, in which a group of unknown men opened fire at him from a pickup truck in an eastern neighbourhood of the capital. He died of three gunshot wounds to the head and upper body, according to a cause of death certificate obtained by YLE.

His case is not the first of its kind, Jorma Vuorio, the director general of the Migration Department at the Ministry of the Interior and an ex-director general of the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), reveals to Uusi Suomi. He adds, however, that he is unable to provide the exact number of such cases reported Migri.

None of the cases have led to any further action being taken, according to him.

Vuorio reveals that the common denominator in all of the cases is that authorities had no detailed knowledge of the life and living conditions of the unsuccessful asylum seeker after their return from Finland.

“It’s always sort of unknown because we can’t go there to look into it, nor is it in our interest to do so,” he says.

YLE also reported that the daughter of the deceased man and her two children are currently waiting for their return from Finland to Iraq. The daughter arrived in the country at the age of 19 in 2015 and has since married an Iraqi man residing in Finland.

She has voiced her puzzlement with the decision to break up the family and send her and her two young children to Iraq.

Vuorio says he has confidence in the asylum system of Finland. He believes it is unlikely that either of the cases has violated asylum rules or the legal protection of asylum applicants, but underscores that he is neither aware of nor willing to discuss the details of particular cases.

Children, he reminds, are not an obstacle to forced returns if it has been determined that the family can lead a life in their home country.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Imran
Source: Uusi Suomi

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