Just look what the current Finnish government has unleashed upon us!
Asylum seekers are instructed with exact instructions for an asylum interview. The guidelines make it clear that the applicants have to emphasize their own personal persecution, because otherwise they will not get asylum.
Several Arabic-language websites are providing detailed instructions for asylum. The Finnish Immigration Service is according to MTV’s news, in trouble, since “correct answers” for asylum interviews are being spread from countries of origin. However, the problem is even wider.
Finland does not grant asylum, unless the applicant has a personal threat of persecution. So, it is in the interests of asylum seekers to emphasize personal persecution. Plenty of help can be found on the internet for interviews. Suomen Uutiset (Finland New) translated one set of instructionsfor an asylum interview, by a professional translator .
In the instructions, a person named Mahmoud Abu Amsha offers on a website for aspiring immigrants to Europe, pedantic advice to cope with the asylum interview. The Finnish asylum situation is written widely on its pages. The site has been visited by more than 10 million times. The following translation:
Look here for how to pass an asylum interview
Welcome again to our website, dear readers. Today we will tell you point by point, by what means it is possible to get through an asylum interview. We will focus on the construction of the asylum story. We already wrote on our webpages about the asylum interview. Different destination countries have different practices in the interview, and we get a lot of questions on this subject. We will now immerse ourselves on the subject again.
Based on the asylum interview, it is decided whether an applicant can have asylum or not. Applicants have been seen as spending a huge amount of effort and lots of money spent to reach your destination. The interview is crucial to the applicant’s future. If the interview is successful, the applicant receives asylum. If it fails he is deported.
In today’s writing describes what kind of story can get through the asylum interview:
1. The applicant for asylum story should be simple, but not too short. The story should not be copied in anything, it must be unique.
2. Do not ramble. One harmonious and clear story is enough.
3. The description of the circumstances of how you left your country of origin, must be realistic. The person who will interview you, is aware of the general situation of the country of origin.
4. The applicant for asylum, or his or her family, shall be under imminent threat. Otherwise asylum will not be granted.
5. Do not mention your story any weapons or the fact that you know how to use weapons. Show to be the victim, not the executioner.
6. Highlight in your story that you are under imminent threat.
7. Tell the interviewer, that you were in the country of origin, either employed or that you had your own business. If you were unemployed, do not mention this, because it negatively affects the outcome of the interview. Leave the interviewer the impression that you are an asylum seeker, not someone looking for work.
8. Your story should not be too long or too short.
9. Assure that the threat you against is real and genuine. Highlight this as much as you can.
10. Pay attention to the story, to tell of threats. You need to be credible and persuasive.
11. When you tell of intimidation, wave your arms and make expressions with your face.
12. The threat against you has to be continuous, not temporary. Temporary threat does not justify the invocation of a safe haven.
13. If possible, show written evidence of threats in the interview. If there isn’t such evidence, tell that you have been threatened in various communications and that you were not able to record the threats. You can say, for example, that you got threats by letter, but tore them up and then tossed them away.
14. Practice telling your story several times before the interview.
15. If you have lived in country of origin in a considerably safe area, you can still rely on the threat of religious or ethnic violence. For example, you say that you belong to a minority group that lives in a hostile majority area, and that your living conditions there were intolerable.
In summary: The story is the most important thing in terms of asylum. We hope that these guidelines have been useful to you in your asylum story building. Good luck to all.