A record number of immigrants are candidates in Finland’s municipal elections of October 28, reports YLE. The highest number of immigrant candidates can be found in the Social Democratic Party (118) followed by the National Coalition Party (81), Left Wing Alliance (56), Green Party (55) and Center Party (around 50).
In the list used by YLE, the fewest number of immigrant candidates can be found in the Perussuomalaiset Party (27).
Even if Timo Soini said that the PS has immigrant candidates, it is very small taking into account that the PS is Finland’s third-largest party.
The number of immigrant candidates isn’t too high in the other parties as well.
KHR writes: Percentages of immigrant candidates for the same parties (source).
National Coalition Party: 1,18%
Left Wing Alliance: 1,60%
Center Party: approx 0,6%
So it looks like PS and center party have the lowest proportions, and it is essentially the same for both of them. This seems to fit the observation that PS is largely invading the political space that was occupied by the center party for decades.
Conversely, RKP and the greens have the highest proportions of immigrant candidates; No surprises there.
Helsinki PS municipal candidate Belle Selene Xia didn’t consider her party racist or anti-immigration.
“They’re only people’s stereotypes against the Perussuomalaiset,” she said. “The Perussuomalaiset are strongly against racism. Moreover, the Persusuomalaiset are in favor of labor immigration.”