By Enrique Tessieri
There were a total of 860 hate crimes reported in 2010, which is a 15% fall from 1,007 cases in the previous year, according to the Police College of Finland.
Ministry of interior official Ritva Viljanen says that the report sends a mixed signal. “It is a good matter that the total amount of hate crimes has fallen,” she said. “What is of concern is that the number of hate crimes has grown during a longer period.”
The police have registered hate crimes for the past ten years.
As we know, reporting a hate crime by an immigrant may be difficult for a number of reasons, according to a Migrant Blog entry Thursday.
What would the 2011 figures show taking into account the election victory of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party and the ever-worsening atmosphere in Finland for immigrants and minorities?
We’ll find out next year.