Comment: Here is an interesting column on Joensuu-based daily Karjalainen about Wille Rydman, who is stepping down as Kokoomus youth leader. Writes Helena Tahvanainen: “According to Rydman, the biggest problem is, among other things, unjustified applications for asylum as well as the uncontrolled rise of asylum seekers. In (Rydman’s successor) Antti Häkkinen’s opinion Finland does not have enough resources to handle such (a large) refugee quota.”
For some odd reason, Rydman never mind Häkkinen don’t tell us what a “large” and “uncontrolled” refugee quota is.
Finland had last year 4,260 asylum seekers, which is less than in 2009 but more than this year. Compared with Sweden and Norway, the number is very small. Sweden had 27,630 and Norway 15,255 asylum seekers. Finland gave asylum last year to 1,595 people compared with 8,495 in Sweden.
One of the problems with the debate on asylum seekers is that it forgets an important detail: We are a rich country that has the luxury to give shelter to other people from all types of persecution. Politicians like Rydman, Häkkinen and too many others forget with their views the suffering people endure.
If Häkkinen is an example of the leadership and future generation of this country, I feel sorry for this country because it shows nothing more than greed, indifference and lack of leadership.
Let’s hope that one day that these types of politicians won’t have to go knocking on some country’s door and ask for political asylum.
I wonder how’d they feel if they were treated the same way they speak of asylum seekers.
Viime viikonvaihteessa kokoomusnuoret valitsivat uuden puheenjohtajan. Maahanmuuttokriitikkona profiloitunut puheenjohtaja Wille Rydmania seurasi toinen maahanmuuttokriitikko eli Antti Häkkänen. Rydmanilla ei näyttänyt olevan mitään tätä leimaa vastaan.