Fears The Third Flight

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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
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    Mika Lietzén - The third flight
An incident in early April 2017 fired up the social media sites. There was a rumour of a forced 
deportation flight from Finland to Afghanistan. These flights happen all the time, but for some 
reason only this one (the third flight to Afghanistan this year) caught the public's attention.
 
Some of the laws regarding asylum have been changed since the current centre-right-populist
government rose to power. Many countries that have previously been regarded as unsafe 
for refugees to return to are now (for the most part) considered safe, at least in the eyes of 
the migration authorities and the courts. 
 
Forced deportations have caused outrage several times before. Laying all the blame 
on populism or, as some have suggested, institutional racism, therefore seems short-sighted. 
Rather, deportations are complex operations, where laws are hazy and justice is regularly circumvented. 
 
The complexity and the emotional nature of the issue can, unfortunately, lead to populist 
oversimplifications on both sides of the aisle. 

In all cases, an often very high cost is paid by the deported people and their families,
while the deciding authorities and politicians get off scot-free.