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Finland. Migris överdirektör Jaana Vuorio i lång intervju med Newsmakers på Helsingin Sanomats sajt.

jana-vuorio-migri-in-hs-tv-19-10-2016Klicka på bildrutan för att komma till intervjun på HS:s sajt (på engelska).

Överdirektör (i Sverige generaldirektör) Jaana Vuorio, Migrationsverket – Migri – intervjuas i det här videoklippet från Newsmakers (utlagt på Helsingin Sanomats videokanal) på engelska om asylsituationen i Finland. Större delen av den 18 minuter långa intervjun har nedtecknats med tanke på att man inte vet hur länge videoklipp ligger kvar och det som sägs här kan vara intressant att ta del av också om några år eller ännu längre fram, när länken kanske inte längre fungerar. Det mesta är nedtecknat på engelska men en del är översatt till svenska.

David Mac Dougall: Norway has radically revised their estimate downwards, of the number go people who will come to claim asylum, to a 19 year low. What’s the situation  going to be like in Finland this year and what’s it going to be? How many people did you think would come and what’s the reality?

Jaana Vuorio: Our estimate was 10.000 for the entire year of 2016. It seems that we don’t go that much up so now the estimate is around 6000, 7000 at the most.

David Mac Dougall: Comparing it to last year – we had more than 32.000 last year if I remember correctly.

Jaana Vuorio: Yes, in Finland actually, in the European and Nordic context, our asylum seeker figure has been exceptionally stable. It has varied between 3.000 and 4.000 annually and then, all of a sudden last year, we git nearly ten times more applicants.

Intervjuaren säger att det var uppenbart varför det kom så många asylsökande förra året men undrar:

David Mac Dougall: So why has it dropped off so much this year, what are some of the reasons behind fewer asylum seekers?

Jaana Vuorio: Of course there are many reasons for that but the main reason, compare to last year, are the border controls that have been put in place and also the movement from Turkey to Greece, the numbers have gone down, as we all know.

David Mac Dougall: Do you think ut plays into it that Finland is not granting so many asylum applications; not granting so many asylum requests? Do people realize that its not such an easy country to come to and claim asylum?

Jaana Vuorio: Probably that is one of the reasons,  as well as… actually the asylum criteria remains the same but we used to have a national category of ”humanitarian protection” and that was taken away from the immigration law in May this year.

David Mac Dougall: Who did that affect the most, when it was taken away from the law?

Jaana Vuorio: Actually applicants from countries like Irak, Afghanistan and Somalia. Earlier applicants from those countries, they – or most of them – qualified for the category of ”humanitarian protection”.

David Mac Dougall: We’ve seen some of the worst fighting with ISIS in Irak, so somebody fleeing ISIS wouldn’t automatically get their asylum application approved in Finland anymore?

Jaana Vuorio: Of course we look at the situation all the time as it is at the moment and now we know that the situation in Mosul has really deteriorated so the fact that a person comes from Mosul… if he returns there he would face serious harm for his security. But then of course for Iraqis we have to consider whether the person could return safely to some other part of the country. Läs mer

Be my guest # 116 Christmas Eve, Nuri Kino

Nuri gapskrattarNuri Kino. Journalist, author, film maker, enthusiast, activist – all in one. Also known as the founder and leader of the non profit organization A Demand For Action. Nuri himself prefers to  be called ”the handsome one”. To me he is the best of friends. Here he gives the readers a glimpse of one day in his life.

Pursued by contributions, a day with Nuri Kino

“Nuri, Syriac League doesn’t think we should hand out toys to the kids, it’s not going to happen.” Fahmi called me from Beirut. He had travelled from Södertälje to Lebanon to distribute toys to refugee children from Syria and Iraq during Christmas. But now our partners in Lebanon do not want to be involved anymore. We have worked with the project for a long time, collecting money in Sweden and the United States. I stopped Fahmi from talking, I got angry. What were Syriac League thinking and why didn’t he insist? We’ll be a disgrace; people will lose confidence in us. The management of monetary gifts is a very sensitive subject.

“If you will calm down I will explain. We’re going to buy winter clothes for the children instead. Jackets, pants, sweaters and scarfs, every child will get that in a package. It was the man who was selling the toys who suggested it, besides they had already gotten toys for presents and now the clothing manufacturer will help by selling us the garments for the wholesale price.”

I was able to breathe again. The project was saved and had even become better.

A few minutes later I was standing outside of the supermarket Coop in Södertälje. A woman whom I had worked with, caring for elders, years ago greeted me, gave me a hug and put something in my pocket. I was stunned by the tight hug and almost trampled on a poor Romanian beggar sitting outside the store. The woman disappeared. In my pocket she had left a note on a piece of paper: “Give this to the children. Send the money to where you think is best.” Inside the folded note were two 500 SEK bills. This woman was unemployed but still wanted to contribute 1.000 SEK to those in greater need..

I went home to get my workout clothes; I was in a hurry for a meeting at the gym.

“You’ve gotten 2.000 SEK for the refugee children.” My mother had been to a memorial service for a distant relative and her cousins had given her money because they also wanted to contribute. My God, I thought. I must immediately send the money from my personal account to A Demand For Action’s account. Panic grew inside of me, what might the Tax Agency say?

In the car on the way to the gym I called the Swedish Tax Agency, and had to wait for my turn, as always. I didn’t even know what I was going to ask, I just felt paranoid. I just don’t want to end up in some kind of trouble. The official at the tax office didn’t understand my question, he said that it is up to people themselves whether they wish to donate money for refugees or not. As long there are no official funds being handled.

Okay, so now I know. While I was waiting for my meeting I sat on the exercise bike, downloaded a radio documentary to have something to listen to, and started working out. Suddenly someone tapped me on my shoulder, took off my headphones and said: “You’re so annoying, causing us to argue with our wives, how much do you want to the refugee children?” He forwarded 500 SEK from his bank account by phone while we were talking.

My friend Erika walked in, very happy. She had been swimming for over an hour and was full of energy. We have been talking about possibly working together on an integration project for newly arrived refugees in Södertälje.

“I felt a little bad, so I sent you 1.000 SEK.” She had sent them to me personally, to my private account. I felt hunted, it was never ending. What if I  would be accused by somone of hiding money the money colleced for A Demand For Action in my own account. I immediately forwarded the money to the correct account.

While I was driving to Merit in Stockholm to sit in her office and write my traditional Christmas column for this blog, I received multiple text messages. My sister Maria had sent a lot of text messages to friends and relatives and now she forwarded all the replies to me. Beautiful, heart warming words, and more financial contributions.

Beneil Dariush, one of the best ain Mixes Martial Arts at MMS, sent a Facebook message and said that he also wants to contribute.

Merit wasn’t home so I to the clothing store across the street. I tried on some nice shirts, sweaters and jackets, pretty expensive ones. Suddenly the feeling of panic struck again: what if someone sees me shopping now, the day that I received so much money in contributions, in cash even? I walked out of the store with a bright red face.

It can’t be easy being Santa Claus…


in Jesus’ own language:

Edo d’Mauludo d’Moran brikho!

(Translated: May the Lord’s birth bring a Merry Christmas to you all!)


Texten på svenska.
© This blog and Nuri Kino.


Justitieministern från Den Humanitära Stormakten näpser premiärministern för lilla, dumma Storbritannien

Lyssna nu, premiärministern i lilla (!) dumma Storbritannien, på vad justitieministern i Den Humanitära Stormakten har att säga om ”ansvar”! Ur artikeln Calais migrant crisis: David Cameron accused of ‘playing politics’ på BBC.s sajt den 2 augusti:

BBC om Morgan Johannsons uttalanden 2.8 2015

Notera att man i BBC:s ext har satt citattecken runt ordet ”responsibility”. Det gör jag också alltid när svenska politiker uttalar ordet ”ansvar”, detta (till intet förpliktande) honnörsord bland svenska naivister inom politik och media.

Morgan JohanssonMorgan Johansson säger myndigt:

I think he’s playing on strings – that he wants to actually divide people – and that’s not a constructive way.

Dessutom: Som om han själv och alla andra i regeringen och riksdagen i Sverige inte också ”are playing politics” i dessa frågor! Falskhet och dumhet, kryddat med naivitet och direkt odiplomatisk och ouppfostrad oförskämdhet, se där ett vinnande koncept från en myra som tror att den är en elefant. Mer ur artikeln på BBC:s sajt:

Sweden allows anyone from Syria into the country, and last year Sweden accepted 30,000 asylum seekers compared to the UK’s 10,000.

Mr Johansson called on the rest of the European Union, including the UK, to take more people in.

”I hear what he [Mr Cameron] is saying about illegal immigrants and about swarms and everything like that,” he said.

Pinsamt. Ytterst pinsamt. Men helt i linje med den naivt megalomana stormaktsretoriken som man från politiskt (och medialt) håll i Sverige länge ägnat sig åt. En retorik som skorrar falsk inte bara i utländska öron utan också i allt fler öron i DHS. Morgan Johansson fortsätter dock att, med en dåres envishet, köra med den hittills totalt icke-framgångsrika stilen att mana övriga EU-länderna, inklusive Storbritannien, att ”ta in mer folk”. Det har Sverige okänsligt kört med sedan något decennium tillbaka, också på Alliansregeringens tid och idag även genom en del EU-parlamentariker från Sverige. Trots att de i EU inte ska gå sitt eget lands ärenden utan företräda hela EU, där den svenska synen på ”ansvar” inte alls är densamma.

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