Kokoomus gives nod to Perussuomalaiset’s plan to tighten immigration policy

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The National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) MP Pia Kauma wants to tighten immigration law. It is strange that when most Finns are on holiday in the middle of the summer, Kauma intends to propose such changes. 

Her party’s proposal should be seen as a green light to the Perussuomalaiset’s plan to tighten immigration policy if they win the next parliamentary elections in 2023.

While there is still a lot of work to make Finland a more inclusive country and tackle discrimination and racism, there is one problem with Kokoomus’ proposal: credibility.


Pia Kauma. Source: Eduskunta

For one, MP Kauma has little credibility to speak in earnest about immigration policy and integration, especially of people of color and visible migrants.

In 2014, Kauma started to attack Somali mothers. She pointed the accusing finger without any proof that at migrant mothers claiming that they bought with social aid new baby carriages while Finnish mothers bought used ones.

Kauma never backed her statements but at the end her claims were proven false and based on hearsay. She apologized later for her racist statements.

A satirical view below of how Kauma sees a migrant mother’s pram.


But what could be behind this stunt by Kauma and Kokoomus to tighten immigration policy? Is the party giving the nod to the Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* that they too would be ready to tighten immigration policy if in government?

The heir-apparent of the PS, Riikka Purra, said earlier this month that it would never form part of a government that won’t significantly tighten Finnish immigration policy.

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Russian asylum-seeker family’s securty compromised by asylum reception center

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A Russian family under serious threat of human rights violations plans to complain to the chancellor of justice against the Imatra asylum reception center, which alleges had endangered the Russian asylum seekers’ security.

The family lived in Finland during 2017-2020. They are Ludmila*, her elderly mother, husband, and three other family members, including four cats.

A representative of Free Movement (Vapaa liikuvuus), an NGO that promotes equality and opposes deportations, detention, and criminalization of migrants, has promised to assist the family with the complaint. 

An official complaint is necessary to prove to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) that information leaked to Russian authorities, putting the family in even greater danger.

The Russian family in question alleges that a worker at the Imatra asylum reception center had compromised their security by calling the Russian Embassy in Helsinki about their voluntary return to Georgia.

The family received a notice in November from the police that their stay in Finland had expired. They were given two options: leave Finland voluntarily or by force.

Ludmila said that since they did not want to break the law, they were willing to leave the country voluntarily. Since the family feared returning to Russia, where they allege being persecuted by the authorities, Ludmila said they planned to go to Georgia, where it would be safer.

To travel to Georgia, they needed valid passports which had expired.

“The social worker at the asylum reception center sent an SMS [in November], ‘Ludmila, I called the Russian Embassy. I asked how you can renew your passport. It is best if you call them yourself and ask.'”

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10 years after the 22/7 mass killings in Norway and what it reveals about us

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Ten years have passed since 22/7, and some Norwegians are still asking, “why?”


Source: Euronews

I remember that day as if it were yesterday. First, a bomb exploded in downtown Oslo, and what followed then were the cold-blooded murders of young people on Utøya island. A total of 77 people lost their lives on that day. Countless remained scarred by what happened for the rest of their lives. 

22/7 happened as well about three months after the far-right Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* scored their historic election victory. In a matter of four years, their numbers in parliament had swollen from five in the previous election to 39 MPs.

Few were asking – if not playing down – the political significance of the PS’ election victory ten years ago. They will implode in time just like the Rural Party did in the 1970s.

The PS was built from the ashes of the Rural Party.

After a decade, we can say with certainty the following: The PS has made Finland a more hostile place for migrants and minorities, polarized society, and fueled anti-EU sentiment.

The Norwegian mass murderer cited in his deranged manifesto his ideological allies of Finland.

One of the Finnish politicians that the Norwegian mass killer cities is PS chairperson Jussi Halla-aho.

He writes:


Source: Migrant Tales

Below are the organizations that the mass murderer likes in Finland:

Source: Migrant Tales

On this somber day, forced to return to the events that marred 22/7, the day is crueler because we have few answers to understand why.

“We have discussed the unpreparedness of the rescue services, the number of police officers we should have on the street, the number of helicopters, the memorials, Breivik’s mental health…” said Astrid Eide Hoem, a leader of the Social Democratic Party [AUF]. “But there was no discussion of the political ideology behind it.”

Just like the post 22/7 era, the far right is as strong as ever. Even mainstream parties like the Social Democrats of Denmark, one of the most Islamophobic countries of Europe, have adopted the policies and rhetoric of anti-Muslim racist parties like the Danish People’s Party.

In Finland, the PS has openly vowed to end Muslim asylum seekers from coming here and declared war on cultural and ethnic diversity.

It is not a fringe or minor party pursuing such aims in Finland, but the biggest opposition party threatening to win the next elections.

The mass murderer of Norway and his hateful ideology inspired many.  

PS MP Ville Tavio believes in fairy tales like the great replacement “theory” and takes aim at pre-school children

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Perussuomalaiset (PS)* parliamentary group leader Ville Tavio shows once again the party’s toxic far-right colors. This is the same politician who wants the PS to follow Marine Le Pen’s line and expresses love for Hungary and Poland’s governments.

Even warnings by the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service (Supo) about the so-called great replacement “theory” is not heeded by the PS never mind Tavio, who warns that 21% of children at nursery schools in Turku don’t speak Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue.


Tavio tweets: One in five nursery school-aged children don’t speak Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue. (10 months to 6 years 21.2%). Certainly, the process of demographic change [great replacement] has not occurred previously in the Finnish national states as a force by itself. Still, it has been facilitated by [other] political parties through their immigration policies.”

Is Tavio afraid of pre-school toddlers? Or is he motivated by sheer bullying? Apart from labeling non-Finnish and Swedish speakers, what is his solution?

I believe the solution is inclusion and living up to our Nordic values that should promote social equality and, most importantly, equity.

Fortunately, Finland has laws, and everyone, even the youngest toddlers, is entitled to safe spaces that Tavio and his ilk want to take away violently if possible.

Tavio, like the rest of the party, is motivated by two matters: the loss of white Finnish privilege and power.

Education without empathy and moral compass can turn you into a monster

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The process to turn Finland’s far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party wants to become “a normal mainstream” party continues. You see, they claim, we’re “normal” because we have physicists and party members, like Riikka Purra, working on their PhDs.

Sakari Puisto, who is also vying to be elected chairperson of the PS and Purra, has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge.

Whatever the PS and the media want to frame about Purra and Puisto, both are close allies of Jussi Halla-aho, who has a Ph.D. in linguistics but rose to power with his Islamophobic and racist rants.

Many PS politicians like Leena Meri, who are former police officers but believe that white privilege must be protected tooth and nail.

What is education worth if you have no empathy and lost your moral compass?

There were also many people with PhDs in Nazi Germany who took genocide to a new industrial scale.

Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels held a doctor of philosophy degree. That did not put any guardrails against his vehement anti-Semitism and did not stop him from murdering his six children before he and his wife took their lives in front of Hitler’s bunker during the last days of the war.

The list of Nazis with PhDs is a long one that proves over and over again that education does not automatically turn you into a human being with empathy.

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Tens of far-right vigilantes are marching in Pori – I hope my fascination doesn’t show too much

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Wow! Looky here! Tens of far-right vigilantes called the Soldiers of Odin are marching in the western Finnish city of Pori! Quick! Take a picture and publish a story because tens of Soldiers of Odin vigilantes are marching in Pori.

The media has a lot of power, but it does not go the extra mile when reporting xenophobic and far-right stories.

The Satakunnan Kansa story states that the Soldiers of Odin are an anti-immigration group, which is correct. When they write about parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, which ties with the vigilante group, they rarely mention that they are too anti-immigration.

Apart from bias and the fact that all of Finland’s newsrooms are overwhelmingly white, very few editorials are written about a social ill like racism and its threat to Finnish society.

The marching vigilantes in Pori are another example of the fascination of some of the media to far-right groups.

If they don’t want Finland to become a Hungary or a country that places its democratic institutions under threat like in the United States, the national media has to do a much better job.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: The PS is the party of the nativist racists sprinkled with anti-EU soundbites

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No matter what the far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party does, no matter who it elects as its next chairperson, the shadow of racism will follow it. Even if people like Timo Soini said that the party’s anti-immigration wing was only a minor factor in the 2011 parliamentary election, nothing could be further from the truth. Like a junkie, the PS and its voters need their daily fix of nativist racism sprinkled with anti-EU soundbites.”


“White power” graffiti in Miikkeli. Photo: Enrique Tessieri