Finland: Immigrant youth sent abroad by force

Finland: Immigrant youth sent abroad by force

According to a study by the Finnish League for Human Rights (FLHR), some children and youth of immigrant background are sent to other countries against their will by their families for a variety of reasons. The Migration Minister says it shows that officials must do more to intervene.

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For boys, the reason is often anti-social behaviour, while girls are sent abroad for arranged marriages.

However the group says the practice is not common. The study uncovered 40 cases of children or youth who have apparently been forced to leave Finland against their will, either temporarily or permanently. The report is based on information from 134 organisations and agencies who work with youngsters of foreign background, as well as individual immigrants.


Some evidence from the current research demonstrates that the trend does not seem to be on the increase.

Reacting to the FLHR report on Saturday, Migration Minister Astrid Thors says authorities should intervene more readily in suspected cases of forced marriage.

Thors said the study reveals the need for strong action by officials. She said those who work with youth should be trained about issues such as forced marriages and so-called 'honour killings'. The minister also called for a central office to be set up for local officials to consult and report about these issues.


Source: YLE (English)

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