Vulnerability

Maggie Chiang

Undocumented People are a particularly vulnerable group. They are not part of the system in the country they are living at, don’t enjoy the same rights as the common citizen, and are at the mercy of being exploited in a number of ways. Also, the risk of deportation or being detained by the authorities, creates fear, preventing this group from seeking help.

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ASYLUM AND MENTAL HEALTH

The increased promotion of mental health in the spheres of work life and personal health has, for the most part, been welcomed at all levels of society: in workplaces, in schools, and in the home. But for those seeking asylum, who live without work or a home, depression and anxiety is all too common.

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What if you would become undocumented?

What if your life in your dear homeland would become utterly difficult. You would constantly struggle to survive from day to day life. What if you would feel like you are suffering and living in fear in your homeland. What if your life would seem doomed if you stayed in your homeland and imagined the next years there amidst all hardships and low quality of life. What if your only hope would seem to be elsewhere, abroad, in a paradise continent called Europe.

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RIGHT TO ASYLUM IN FINLAND

During the refugee and migration crisis of 2015, over 32 000 asylum seekers arrived in Finland. (Migri, 2019). As conflict continued in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, public opinion on immigration was, and still is, divided. 

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