It’s incredible how even the police service feeds xenophobia in Finland. A column published by two applied science researchers on the Police College of Finland web page is a perfect example of the one-sided view that some people of the police service have of migrants and cultural diversity.
One of the biggest problems in Finland when researching migrant crime is in the collection of equality data. For example, researchers cannot tell you what best practices they use and what their responsibility is in fueling ethnic profiling and victimization of certain national groups living in Finland.
Read full column (in Finnish) here.
A good example of how partial crime statistics can be used to ethnically profile migrants is one by the National Research Institute of Legal Policy (Optula), which states that the number of suspected rape cases in 2013 was 473. Of these around one third were committed by persons with “foreign backgrounds.”
Why don’t researchers care about the groups they study and ethnically profile?
But read what the two Police College of Finland researchers, Kari Laitinen and Pirjo Jukarainen, one excerpt written in a column published in the Police College of Finland page:
“Attempts by anarchists to silence a nationalistic protest [organized by neo-Nazis] on independence day violently and the fall in support for the Perussuomalaiset [PS]* party show how much in crisis democracy is.”
Is the abrupt fall in support in the polls of the PS a good example of a crisis in democracy or that a nationalist populist party that is anti-immigration became one of the biggest parties in Finland an example of the deep crisis we’re in?
The fact that neo-Nazis organized a demonstration on independence day shows how much space Finland has given to far right groups that are anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam.
The wording and the message of the column is not only provocative but shows that the PS has a lot of support in the Finnish police service.
The researchers talk about their concern of how certain groups like the Somalis are socially excluded from society but fail in the process to see any faults in their own group. Why are violent crimes such a big problem in Finland? Why does Finland have one of the highest rape cases in Europe? Why are Finnish males overrepresented in pedofile crimes in countries like Thailand?
Why do we pay so much attention to crimes committed by certain non-Finnish group but turn a semi-blind eye if a white Finn commits the same crime?
The answer to this is clear. We are very selective and racist in our view of crime.
But one day matters will change. On that day we’ll send back to the gutter these social ills where they came from.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). 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.