Migrants are not a burden to Finland

by , under Enrique Tessieri

The letter to the editor below could be perfectly well applied to Finland. In Finland, migrants and minorities are tired of being called a burden by opportunistic politicians that want to gain with xenophobic sound bites voter attention.  

Sensible Europeans know better and more of their voices are needed in the face of this hostile attack against migrants and minorities.

One good recent example of the near-constant attacks against the migrant and minority community is the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party program on immigration policy. On top of this, the PS chairman, Timo Soini, wondered in an interview with YLE in English why so few migrants move to Finland.

Silence shouldn’t be our language when challenging all forms of intolerance.

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Meanwhile, a major study has concluded that the UK government’s tough rhetoric on immigration has not only alienated migrant communities abut caused new forms of racism to emerge, reports The Independent.

The London-based daily writes:

“Controversial policies such as the use of billboard vans warning illegal immigrants to “go home or face arrest” and the posting of pictures on Twitter showing suspects being led away by officials has led to legal migrants being subjected to racial prejudice, it concluded.”

When will, or better yet why hasn’t Finland yet carried out similar studies to find how the rise of the Perussuomalaiset fueled racism in this country?

The answer to that question is in the blank stare and near-silence of society.

* The English name of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) is officially the Finns Party. The 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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