Hannu Niemi, a Justice Ministry researcher, says that crime rates by immigrants in Finland have been exaggerated by the media, report Länsi Uusimaa and Uusi Suomi. He believes that there is a political aim by some groups to cite national origin in crime statistics in order to label whole groups.
One of the matters that becomes clear from the Aamulehti story, as well as another one by A-Studio in August, is that both aim to label immigrants from certain regions like the Middle East as outright rapists.
Both stories place more emphasis on percentage figures rather than actual volumes, which are low. Apart from playing down or not mentioning that Finns commit the vast majority of rape crimes in this country, the A-Studio story went as far as to claim that the Iraqi community had “a problem” because it had the highest amount of rape suspects.
The total number of suspected rape cases by Iraqi immigrants was seven.
Niemi said that the number of rape crimes committed by immigrants is 1-2 per 1,000.
Even if it is clear that certain politicians and anti-immigration groups exaggerate rape and crime statistics for their own political purposes, there is an important factor missing that may shed light on why crime among 15-24 year olds is higher (over 1,600/10,000 immigrants) than among Finns (under 1,200/10,000) in the same age group. The missing factor is ethnic profiling by the police.
Here is a link that offers a comprehensive view of crimes committed by foreigners.
Are certain ethnic groups in Finland more likely to be stopped and arrested by the police than others?
Knowing the answer to this important question could shed light on the problem.
Niemi says that if the immigrant community’s age structure were the same as the Finns’, crime levels would be about the same in both groups.