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Thu, 09 Jun, 2016 01:08:07 AM
Refusal of asylum to Iraqi mother, infant
FTimes- STT Report, June 9
Writing on child rights at on the wall of immigration office. Photo Lehtikuva.
The Finnish Immigration Service has been flooded with hate mails relating to a much-publicised case involving an Iraqi family.
Earlier, the immigration authorities decided to deport two members of an Iraqi family after they were denied family reunification and asylum.
Later, on June 6, the deportation of the Iraqi mother and her 3-year-old daughter was put on hold by the Supreme Administrative Court.
The Finnish language newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported over the weekend about the family facing being broken apart due to the Immigration Service’s deportation decision.
The Immigration Service has received angry criticism, especially on social networks like Twitter. Feedback has also come through the agency’s website. However, the messages have not met the criteria for criminal investigations, said Immigration Service spokeswoman Kristiina Markkanen.
The majority of the cases related to the feedback have been negative, but the agency has also received some laudatory responses.
In the agency’s location in Helsinki, graffiti was written across the main doors this morning reading “Children’s Rights.” The text was later cleaned off the wall.
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