Demonstration: Say no to a life without rights! Say no to detention of children!

Join us on Wednesday 22nd of October at 11.00 in front of the Parliament – we stand up for fundamental rights of foreign citizens.

The Finnish Parliament will make a decision concerning two law proposals that would significantly increase the number of undocumented migrants in Finland and normalize the detention of migrant children. If the proposals are accepted by the Parliament, human rights of foreigners in Finland would be greatly reduced.

According to the new bill, failed asylum-seekers, which Finland is not able to return, will lose the possibility to gain a temporary residence permit, if they are not willing to return to their home countries. They will also have to leave reception centres and lose their rights to basic services, and the possibility to legalize their status. Apparently, Minister Päivi Räsänen’s message for people escaping conflicts zones like Iraq, Afganistan or Somalia is: do not come to Finland, or you will have to live on the street.

The legislative revision concerning detention of foreigners would normalize the detention of migrant children and give wider powers to officials governing the detention.

Come and show your support for the rights of migrants and foreigners! The demonstration is organized by the Free Movement Network and the Finnish Refugee Council.

Enough is enough, government!