In a ploki, a nationalistic Finnish translation of blog, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Foreign Minister Timo Soini writes that he’s against European Commission (EC) plans to spread refugees throughout the community.
“Every country is responsible for the asylum seekers [that come to their country],” he wrote. “Such policy must be made by the host country. The Commission should have no jurisdiction over [a country’s] immigration policy.”
Soini, who normally gives the image of a “good cop” against the “bad cops” of his party, or those PS members who have been sentenced for ethnic agitation and/or make racist statements to the media, believes that accepting a few refugees from war-torn regions wouldn’t help relieve matters for such refugees.
I wonder what Soini would have told Oskar Schindler when Nazi Germany was systematically murdering at death camps millions of Jews, Roma and other enemies of the régime.
Would he have told Schindler that his efforts were in vain since he only saved 1,200 Jews from extermination?
Soini’s response to the EC’s request, the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and the war raging in the Middle East shouldn’t surprise us because that is the answer you’d get from an anti-immigration populist.
His response is shortsighted as well and leaves, like many of the policies of his party, this country’s future to chance.
What would happen if a civil war broke out in Russia and would force tens of thousands of Russians to flee and secure refuge in Finland?
Would the Commission’s response be the same as Soini’s today: Immigration and refugee policy must remain in the hands of the host country so deal with the issue yourself?
Every human and child we can save from the clutches of war and death is important.
Let there be no mistake about that.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.