More than 100 Iraqi nationals were seen boarding a flight in Finland that would take them back to Iraq, apparently, disappointed that they did not get all the free handouts to which they thought they were entitled.
Daily Mail Finland saw its number of asylum seekers increase nearly tenfold in 2015 to 32,500 from 3,600 in 2014.
Almost two thirds of these were young Iraqi men, but some changed their mind and returned after Finland chartered flights to Baghdad. Officials said about 4,100 asylum seekers had so far cancelled their applications and that number was likely to reach 5,000 in the coming months.
Some say the conditions in Finland and the lengthy asylum process did not meet their expectations, or what they had been told by the people they paid for their travel.’
Finland had been preparing to reject up to 20,000 asylum seekers from 2015, but the number of voluntary returnees could significantly reduce that figure. Paivi Nerg, an official for the Finnish interior ministry, said: ‘The number of returnees is increasing steadily.
Many of the refugees have cited family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country for the reason they were heading home.
Not too long ago, Finland changed its immigration policy, and Iraqis, Pakistanis, and Afghanis are no longer considered refugees but illegal immigrants, so they do not receive welfare benefits, money and free housing.