Posts Tagged: refugee policy

Laajakoski asylum reception center gives refugees the “opportunity” to learn Finnish for 250 euros a month

The management of the Laajakoski asylum reception center located near the Finnish southeast city of Kotka, is reported to have given the green light for the 250-odd refugees at the center to take Finnish-language courses for 250 euros a month.

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The Finnish government shrinks in the face of the humanitarian crisis in Europe

The Finnish government is sending mixed messages about its role in the humanitarian crisis that Europe faces today. A good example of the latter is Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s announcement last week when he offered his home to refugees but last Friday the government unveiled plans to demote refugees that get a residence permit to second-class status.

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Migrants’ Rights Network: In this migration crisis, common humanity isn’t enough. We need to reimagine who ‘we’ are

One of the dominant features of the national discourse concerning the plight of the Calais migrants in recent weeks has been the dehumanising language applied to the men, women and children risking their lives in desperation to find lasting safety. This reached its peak with Prime Minister David Cameron referring to ‘swarms’ of migrants attempting to reach the UK and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond describing the ‘threat’ of ‘marauding’ African migrants.

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Finland’s Foreign Minister Timo Soini is against European Commission plans to spread refugees among EU states

In a ploki, a nationalistic Finnish translation of blog, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Foreign Minister Timo Soini states that he’s against European Commission (EC) plans to spread refugees throughout the community.

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Timo Soini’s latest comment about refugees leaves many speechless but exposes him to the raw

Sometimes politicians make incredible statements that leave you speechless. The latest one I heard was Thursday on a MEP election television debate on YLE Fem, the Swedish-language television channel. Said Perussuomalaiset (PS) chairman Timo Soini: “Is it morally right to leave one’s homeland during ever-difficult times or should one stay put and fight for justice? Would it have been

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The PS’ shameful and opportunistic stand on refugees

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party’s municipal election program recommends that municipalities should not accept refugees because the best way to help people fleeing strife is in refugee camps bordering these war-ravaged countries.  This stand by the PS is so extreme that many PS municipal candidates have not endorsed it except for Counterjihadists like PS MP James Hirvisaari (see question

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Women for Refugee Women: ‘The dream I hope and strive for’

Helen came to the UK 9 years ago  after she was imprisoned in Ethiopia for her political activities. She claimed asylum but was refused, and looks after herself and her three children on £50 a week. I’ve been in the UK since 2003. I have three children aged one, two and four. Things have got

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