What truly persecuted Jewish, Christian or Yazidi family would stay in the area of persecution, with only a male relative travelling to multiple countries in search of ”just the right one”? You are either in mortal danger, or you’re not.
We have a responsibility to not close our eyes to fraud, especially this fraud, as single males of fighting age (many possibly having engaged in fighting rendering them ineligible for asylum) use our systems against us in order to win a ”golden ticket”.
The religious leaders (except the muslim one, his reasons we already know) pushing this reunification are beyond foolish, and I have to question their commitment and loyalty to their own people. Disgusting.
Finland’s top circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat published an opinion piece contributed by the high-profile leaders of seven different religious communities in Finland, asking that the state reconsider its tightening of family reunification policy in Finland.
In the piece entitled “Asylum seekers have an equal right to their family”, the leaders remind Finland’s government to adhere to the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Simon Livson, chief rabbi of the Jewish community in Finland, Kari Mäkinen, archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and Archbishop Leo, head of the Finnish Orthodox Church joined with Teemu Sippo, bishop of Finland’s Catholic Church, Atik Ali, leader of the Finnish Islam community and the Usko-foorumi, Anas Hajjar, chair of the Islamic Council in Finland and Mari-Anna Pöntinen, the head of the Finnish Ecumenical Council.
In the letter, the seven leaders say they share a concern about hardened attitudes in Finland and what they say is the slow dismantling of equal human rights in European society.
They argue that every child and parent is entitled to protection and care, and that families have a right to live together, regardless of their social, cultural or religious background.
“Outside of Finland’s borders in Europe, human dignity is violated, for example, with intentional practices, like confiscation of mobile phones from unaccompanied asylum seeker minors. Oftentimes the phone is the only link these children and youth have to their parents, or people who speak their own language even. All forms of isolating family members from one another impede integration and beget social problems,” the seven religious leaders write.
NOTE: Family reunification (even in simple immigration cases) has been the single most debilitating factor in civil societies with an expansive welfare state. The entire concept needs to be rejected in full.