Since 2015, the NGO Sea Watch has patrolled the Mediterranean Sea to help migrant ships in distress. I spent two weeks in 2017 volunteering on their ship. At 3am we received a call from the MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) of Rome about a possible rubber boat right outside the territorial waters of Libya, in […]
Two Different Rescue Days
Helsinki Needs to be a Safe Home for us too
The Right to Live demonstration formulated these demands addressed to politicians and officials of the City of Helsinki in spring 2017. Helsinki also needs to be a safe home for asylum seekers and the undocumented. In addition to these, specific demands were presented to the Minister of the Interior and the Immigration Service. In the […]
The “Closure” of the Balkan Route and Hungary After the Summer of MigrationResidence Permits instead of Deportations and Criminalisation!
Since 2015, the tightening of asylum policy in Finland has resulted in both a humanitarian disaster and an administrative deadlock. Thousands of applicants are still waiting for a final decision. The government is threatening forced returns and criminalisation instead of providing solutions that would guarantee the realisation of fundamental rights. Asylum policy fundamentally changed in […]
There was a thing […]
In 2017, asylum seekers and their supporters organised a five-month demonstration at Railway Square, in the heart of Helsinki. A year later, in May 2018, three of the organisers—Haider from Iraq, and Mohammed and Ghulam from Afghanistan—met to discuss the demo and its effects. The text is compiled by Outi Popp. […]