A poll published by YLE News Wednesday shows and reinforces how support for the anti-immigration populist Perussuomalaiset (PS)* continues to nosedive. Compared with the 17.7% they got in the April 2015 parliamentary election, support has plummeted to a new low of 8.5%.
Good news for Finland’s culturally diverse community, migrants, and minorities.
The BBC describes the party in the following terms below. We couldn’t agree more with them.
“The party advocates strict immigration controls and argues that Finns, not migrants, take priority for social and healthcare spending. Its roots lie in rural Finland and it has championed welfare policies that give it a populist dimension.”
If the PS ever got over 50% of the vote and had a majority in parliament, they would pass laws that would make migrants and minorities into third-class citizens. Their immigration policy is hostile to migrants and would encourage human rights violations.
How would this happen?
They would overturn Section 6 of the Finnish constitution that guarantees that everybody, irrespective of his or her background, is equal before the law.
The PS in a nutshell: A party that is openly hostile to visible migrants and cultural diversity.
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* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party 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. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”