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 3).
The fact that the PS recommends municipalities not to accept refugees is a clear example of how the party uses opportunistically and shamelessly the immigrant-refugee card to lure votes. Like its anti-EU line, its anti-immigration and anti-Islam stands attract votes.
Dadaab in Kenya is the world’s biggest refugee camp that houses over 400,000 refugees.
Using PS populist election rhetoric about refugees, the question we should ask is if refugee camps are effective and humane places to help people.
Take a look at a video clip of the Dadaab camp to arrive at your own conclusions.
Eritrean refugees in Sudan are another sad reminder of people who have lived in camps for 30-40 years.
Click here to see video clip on the forgotten Eritrean refugees of Sudan.