Finnish PS MP Olli Immonen takes swipe at asylum seekers, migrants and minorities

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Olli Immonen is at it again after his xenophobic Facebook posting about “the nightmare of multiculturalism.” This time he is taking a swipe at asylum seekers. He uses terms like “uncontrolled” and “avalanche” to promote his brand of xenophobic and far right hostility not only against asylum seekers, but against Finland’s ever-growing culturally and ethnically diverse community. 

Yes, right, Immonen is the PS MP who posed in June with members of the neo-Nazi Kansallinen vastarintaliike (SVL).

Immonen is also chairman of Suomen Sisu, a Finnish white supremacist association. In a Finnish context, the association is ideologically  similar to the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party.

Is it a surprise that Immonen is now pointing his xenophobic arsenal at asylum seekers? How could you not be surprised if his whole political career is based on racism, fascist and neo-Nazi ideology?

Or should we be equally surprised why a government party like the PS still hasn’t sacked Immonen from the party?

The longer the PS MP stays in the populist party the more incriminating will the evidence be that it has links to fascists and neo-Nazi groups like the SVL.

Since Finland had 1,000 more refugees than the previous year on August 9, Immonen wrote on his Facebook wall that Finland is in danger of being overrun  by an “avalanche of asylum seekers.”  If Finland doesn’t tighten its asylum policy and family reunification criteria as well slash benefits to such people, matters will get out of hand.

Certainly Immonen doesn’t tell you that Finland is one of the countries in Europe that takes the least amount of refugees. If there are a thousand more asylum seekers than the previous year should that be a cause for alarm?

Certainly not. It should, however, be a cause for shame.

Last year, the number of asylum applicants in neighboring Sweden totaled 81,325, according to The Guardian, which cites Eurostat. Denmark and Norway had 14,715 and 13,265 applicants, respectfully.

How many asylum seekers did Finland have last year?

Brace yourselves: 3,625!

Instead of paying attention to the fear-mongering and xenophobic language of Immonen, Finland should be very concerned about the rise of racism and visibility of neo-Nazi groups like the SVL.

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.

 

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