Deportation might be the worst answer


  • Abdirashid Ismail


asylum policies; rejected asylum seekers; deportation; Europe; Finland


Europe’s reaction to the so called ‘migration crisis’ of 2015 and 2016 was met with unprecedentedly restrictive asylum policies that were particularly harsh to asylum seekers with devastating implications on immigrants’ access to legal
residence permits. However, the great majority of denied asylum applicants opt to stay and authorities overwhelmingly fail to send them back due to a number of factors, including the dire situation of their countries of origin. Consequently,
large numbers of these rejected asylum seekers live among us and only few of them will return to their countries of origin in the near future, regardless of the reasons of their migration and the magnitude of their destitution in Europe. This has enormous impact on the wellbeing of these vulnerable immigrants and their families in their countries of origin, but their long and unproductive stay in Europe has also costed European economies. This short essay argues that instead of  pushing these asylum seekers into an abject destitution and feeding their grievances, we need more effective  immigration and integration policies.





Ismail, A. (2020). Deportation might be the worst answer. Migration-Muuttoliike, 46(4), 26–29. Noudettu osoitteesta