Abdirahim Husu Hussein is no stranger to Miglrant Tales. He has written a number of times for us and we have followed his political career with keen interest. “Husu” as he’s known to his friends and acquaintances is a Center Party candidate running for parliament who is focused and determined to reach his goals.
Finland holds parliamentary elections on April 19 and different polls predict the Center Party emerging as the big winner.
Contrary to some other Finnish candidates who were born elsewhere, Husu has never given up his ideals or accommodated his values to serve those in power. Finland needs people like Husu in parliament especially these days when anti-immigration rhetoric and bigotry are spreading throughout Europe and Finland.
Husu said that number 13 was his lucky number.
“I’m enjoying this campaign despite the harassment that I’ve received because I’m a Muslim and because of my ethnic background,” he said. “Considering that such people write such things shows that they must be extremely unhappy. I wish I could help and relieve their pain.”
Husu’s campaign is based on three premises: family, employment and internationalization.
“I’m against cutbacks in child support because they would affect the most vulnerable families like migrants,” he said. “Ten euros can be a lot of money for such families.”
The Center Party candidate said he’s worried about how social inequality has grown in Finland. Cutting child support would only worsen matters, according to him.
Employment is another important campaign theme. Husu said that the future of Finland not only hinges on large multinational companies but on small- and medium-sized ones.
“We should do more to lower taxes on small- and medium-sized companies,” he said. “There are some 200,000 of these types of companies in this country. If each one would hire one unemployed person it would mean an 80% reduction in the jobless rate.”
Husu said that Finland should take better advantage and find synergies with foreign students that study here since many of them could open up new export markets and jobs for Finnish companies.
“Internationalization is very important,” he said. “Without it we wouldn’t be able to grow as a country. Our success as a nation depends on how successful we are at expanding into new global markets.”
One of the many important messages that Husu has as our society becomes more culturally diverse is the importance of encouraging a spirit of “us” as opposed to “them.”
“In the next thirty years I see two possible scenarios evolving in Finland,” he continued. “One of these is of a country that is growing economically and where unemployment has fallen to under 5% or altogether. The other is where populism grows and where politicians are blaming migrants and minorities for the country’s problems. In such a country there’s little economic growth.”
Husu said he’s an optimist and sees the former scenario having a better chance of success than the later one.
“We should speak out against intolerance because it’s harmful to our country,” he concluded. “If a politician or any other public official with power has such issues that person should be challenged and forced to find work elsewhere.”