Migri now admits to what we’ve been saying for over 4 years without any mea kulpa coming whatsoever from any of the media, academia, and dumber-than-dirt politicians and kooks in the SPR who constantly banged on about how ‘virtuous’ these reprobates were…
One of these “asylum centers” opened up in 2015-2106 in my little cone pine of a village. I marched there the same with a few days of their arrival, asking why men of military age are trying to get asylum in Finland? Why aren’t they figuring out a way to defend their homeland instead of deserting their families. The Finnish Red Cross worker who met me at the door didn’t have any answers, nor the reprobates, in and outside the facility. I told her (SPR worker) that if Finnish men had done the same during the Winter War or the War of Continuation in WWII, you all would be speaking Russian.
Migri: Much of the Iraqi asylum seekers were military deserters – “Both officers and soldiers”
If the search for asylum was based solely on military desertion, the Immigration Service’s decision was likely to be negative.
DURING THE refugee crisis a couple of years ago, MILITARY DESERTERS made up one of the most common profiles of the Iraqi asylum seekers arriving in Finland between 2015 and 2016, says Laurijuhani Tainio, senior inspector of the Immigration Service’s asylum unit.
Tainio does not take a close stand, as Migrilla does not compile statistics on applicants for asylum.
– But military desertion was a very common criterion among those arriving in 2015-2016. It was a recognized phenomenon and one of the search criteria that clearly emerged from there, says Tainio. Kimmo Lehto, Director of the Department of Immigration says he has heard similar estimates from the Tornio Convention Center, where up to two thousand people arrived from Haparanda in 2015.
– This is certainly a small sample, but one estimate from one week, so it should not be generalized, was that 30-40% were military trained, either on the security side or elsewhere, Lehto says.
Already in 2016, Ilta-Sanomat reported that former soldiers and police among asylum seekers who arrived in Finland were feared to weaken police safety at reception centers.
Tainio says that evaders of CONSCRIPTION have come from other countries, but Iraq is the only country where there is a notable phenomenon of retired professional soldiers.
In the summer of 2014, Isis occupied large areas of Iraq and the country’s defense collapsed. Military deserters are believed to have left, especially at this time, by the Iraqi army fighting the Isis.
Iraq renounced conscription military service in 2003, following the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, and since then, there has been a professional army.
According to Tainio, Iraqi military deserters are people who have been recruited purely to the army.
– Both officers and line soldiers. Quite a few of them said that they were only involved in support tasks such as scribes, drivers or chefs.
In addition to the soldiers, police and members of various security agencies also arrived in Finland, according to Tainio. However,
MILITARY DESERTION , according to the United Nations Refugee Organization (UNHCR), is not in itself sufficient to justify asylum. According to Tainio, a person is not a refugee if the only reason for escaping is fear of fighting.
– If they are professional soldiers, then basically the service includes the possibility of having to go to war. They should know what to do, he says.
If the person’s search was purely military desertion, the Immigration Service’s decision was mostly negative.
However, the fact that a person is a military deserter does not exclude that he or she has no other reason to be granted international protection. For example, a person may come from an area where the situation is too dangerous to be returned.
According to Tainio, there have also been cases in Finland where the circumstances and reasons related to military escapism have been such that the criteria for obtaining international protection are fulfilled.
The punishment for military escapade varies from country to country, for example in Iraq it is usually fined or a few years in prison.
The punishment also depends on whether there was a state of war or peace at the time of the escape. Iraq did not declare martial law because of ISIS, but was an anti-terrorism operation.
“At its most extreme, punishment for military escapade can also be a death sentence, and we would then be banned from returning,” says Tainio.
INITIALLY , according to Tainio, the number of Iraqis who pleaded for their military background was higher among Iraqis, although the story of the military background told by all applicants was not as credible.
When it became clear that asylum was unlikely to be available for this reason, Tainio said that no more applicants for this profile were visible.
Lehto believes that many applicants subsequently failed to disclose their military background.
– If you are an asylum seeker in Finland, do you seek asylum on the grounds that you are a military fugitive? Well, of course not, because you probably don’t get any asylum. That’s not a reason, Lehto says.
After the negative decision, according to Lehdo, this “presumed person” has only a few options left.
– He hasn’t come up with a story that would give him asylum. So he can return to Iraq, where he can be put in prison. So the alternatives are either in prison in Iraq or in Finland on the asylum cycle, or else just in Europe. Everyone can think about which one to choose, Lehto says.