Finland: First repatriation of former Iraqi asylum seekers

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A week ago, Reuters reported that thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland in 2015 have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, due to family reasons and the difficulties in starting a new life in Finland.

A plane with just over 100 Iraqi people flew from Helsinki with destination to Baghdad, on Thursday. The people in need were escorted by dozens Finnish police officers.


The first repatriation of former Iraqi asylum seekers took place in Finland, as a plane with just over 100 Iraqi people performed a nonstop flight from Helsinki to Baghdad on Thursday.

Finish YLE website reported that the repatriation flight was organized by the Finnish police and in the plane, a dozen of Finnish police officers were present. According to the website, the Iraqi people were voluntarily repatriated, with most of them cancelling their asylum applications in Finland.

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