They are in fact documented, with papers signifying their names, having been rejected for asylum or refugee status, they insist on staying in the country refusing to leave. These are illegal aliens.
Any media refusing to recognize the obvious and very factual situation, are simply purveyors of false memes. They are hacks. As for the Deaconess Institute, they also have a responsibility to the people they serve in the community at large, admitting that rejected asylum seekers are desperate and may be ‘radicalized’ shows me that they understand that these rejected asylum seekers pose a great risk to society that these workers serve. They better be aware that any violence committed by the people they are ‘helping’ will be blown back right into their own faces. This is a question of ethics, and they’ll owe society at large a big explanation if one of their clients goes violent. Just saying.
On Fridays, community workers Suldaan Said Ahmed and Hayder Al-Jouranji roam the Puhos shopping mall in eastern Helsinki with the goal of finding undocumented migrants in need of help.
They work with the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, which launched the Unprotected programme in July to provide information and services to people without a legal status in Finland.
“These people are stressed and hopeless,” Said Ahmed says. “They beg us to help them.”
Because they fear deportation, undocumented migrants are loath to contact the authorities even in an emergency. It is the community workers’ job to find this group of people and provide them support, advice and information about a voluntary return to their home countries.
“The only way to help is to listen and try to build trust.” Only after that is it possible to talk about what staying in Finland without a residence permit means and what the consequences may be, Said Ahmed and Al-Jouranji say.
Undocumented migrants face a host of problems
The lack of legal status and residence permit tends to push migrants to the margins of society. The chances of finding work or housing in Finland are meagre, and undocumented migrants are prone to become exploited or treated poorly. In turn, their desperation can lead to radicalisation.
Al-Jouranji and Said Ahmed usually invite the undocumented migrants to their office where they can discuss their needs in peace. These range from legal assistance to health care and emergency shelter. Sometimes staff start by offering them a safe place to take a nap.
So far, the Unprotected programme, which is run in cooperation with the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and the International Organisation for Migration, has helped 80 undocumented migrants.
In 2015, a record number of asylum seekers – more than 32,000 – arrived in Finland. Of the asylum applications that Migri handled in 2016, about a quarter came out positive.