DOMISYLUM / FORCED AIRLINES
In 2017 the main goal of Changemaker was to campaign for the rights and wellbeing of asylum seekers in Finland. Early in the year, as the start of the campaign coincided with the municipal elections, Changemaker campaigned to challenge Finnish municipalities to take in more asylum seekers. Municipal placement of asylum seekers includes, in addition to a place to stay, translation and other special services that asylum seekers may need.
From May onward, after the elections, the campaign theme shifted from promoting municipal placements to opposing forced returns of asylum seekers to Iraq and Afganistan and demanding international protection for them. During May-September of 2017, Changemaker collected a total 1985 signatures to petition this. On October 4th, the petition was handed over to Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko.