This is a rare situation in which sympathy towards a person seeking residency in Finland, though she doesn’t qualify for it under the law, is warranted. Eveline Fadayel, a Coptic Egyptian woman whose son is married to a Finn, is said to be not able to live on her own in Egypt.
While that may be true, there is however a larger issue at stake, the misuse of any change to Finnish law that would change the definition of the immediate family, to include grandparents as well. While it seems cold hearted, allowing this situation to force a change in Finnish law, because an “outside culture” demands it, will inevitably lead to more changes in Finnish law to accommodate these other cultures.
It’s guaranteed to happen, that’s why this woman needs to be deported as soon as possible and Finnish law left untouched. Eveline Fadayel’s relatives can support her accommodations in Egypt the best they can, her situation shouldn’t be used as a wedge to force foreign cultural norms on Finnish society. This is the danger multicultural policies and practices bring to any society, it forces changes to existing norms, practices, traditions and even law, to suit a minority. This can’t be allowed to happen. KGS
National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero believes that the highly-publicized deportation of an Egyptian grandmother will go ahead as planned. Her deportation was suspended as the government considered amending immigration laws, but Paatero now says that authorities can wait no longer for reforms.
Eveline Fadayel has now been ordered to leave the country by June 13th. Her son Gerges Maherin, who lives in Finland, says they were informed of the decision on Monday morning.
The government said it would consider reforms to legislation that would allow immigration officials to consider extenuating humanitarian circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Fadayel, for example, wishes to stay in Finland with her children and grandchildren, having no close relatives in Egypt.
“If the legislation had come quickly, that is, during the spring or at least before the summer holidays, then of course it might have had some effect on the case,” says Paatero. “But now it’s clear that a new law isn’t coming and no one knows when one might appear, so the Police have no reason to prolong the issue any further.”
Paatero stressed that police have to obey the laws, and that not even the Supreme Police Command can overturn a deportation.
“We have no choice. If a quick solution had appeared, then we could have examined the situation but this isn’t going to happen,” he adds.
YLE contacted Minister for Migration Astrid Thors by text message. She says that changes are needed to immigration policy, and that various options are still being considered. She did not mention a timetable for the changes.