Riikka Purra is a poor copy of Jussi Halla-aho


Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Jussi Halla-aho’s heir-apparent appears to be the party’s first vice-president, Riikka Purra. While Halla-aho has swung the party to the far-right and encouraging xenophobia, Purra has parroted the PS leader’s racist soundbites but with questionable results.

Like Halla-aho, Purra loathes Muslims and people of color. So much so, in fact, that she warned about ethnic replacement hogwash and how Finland’s population was becoming more diverse. In her book, brown, Afro Finns and other visible minorities are a threat to white Finland.

You don’t need to have a lot of knowledge on politics to understand that most of the catchphrases used by the PS have their origin from other xenophobic groups in Europe. One of these used in the last municipal elections was “take Finland back.”

Is it a coincidence that the PS copies xenophobic catchphrases from other EU countries and parties? Source: CityA.M.

Writes the Finnish Security Police (Supo) in its last-year report: “One of the most noteworthy ideological motives of far-right terrorists is known as the Great Replacement conspiracy theory based on the idea of a fundamental threat posed by immigration and multiculturalism to the white population of Western countries. Views reflecting the idea of a Great Replacement have been highlighted in several far-right terrorist attacks.”


Kiitos, Mestari!


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Kuva: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Halla-aho, tuo kaukaa viisas ja kaikkivoipa jättää puheenjohtajuuden. Näinä vaikeina aikoina Jussi on Ylen mukaan valottanut tulevaisuuttaan sanomalla, että hän jatkaa kansanedustajana ja Helsingin kaupunginvaltuutettuna. Tämä on huojentava tieto. Onhan Halla-aho jo nyt, kymmenen vuotta pyyteettömästi Helsingin valtuustossa istuttuaan, omia aloitteita tekemättä ja toisten hyviä aloitteita turhan voimakkaasti estelemättä jättänyt ison jäljen Helsingin upeaan monikulttuuriseen kehitykseen ja kaupungissa asuvien pakolaisten hyvinvointiin.

Tänä aikana Helsingin kaupunginvaltuusto on mm. hyväksynyt paperittomien henkilöiden sosiaali- ja terveyspalveluiden laajentamisen. Paperittomilla henkilöillä on nyt Helsingissä kiireellisten terveyspalveluiden ja raskaana olevien naisten ja lasten terveyspalveluiden lisäksi oikeus muun muassa kroonisten sairauksien hoitoon ja rokotuksiin.

Helsingissä on myös Halla-ahon ollessa Helsingin valtuutettuna tehty päätös olla vuokraamatta kaupungin tiloja rasistisille ja väkivaltaa tuottaville toimijoille. Tämä on merkityksellistä, kun Halla-aho kuitenkin itse on johtanut rasistista ja väkivaltaa tuottavaa organisaatiota.

Helsingin väestönkasvu ja työikäisten määrän kasvu ovat vahvasti perustuneet maahanmuuttoon. Vuonna 2018 jo yli 15 % helsinkiläisistä oli vieraskielisiä. Määrän ennustetaan kasvavan 26 %:iin väestöstä vuoteen 2035 mennessä. Kun samaan aikaan syntyperäisten suomalaisten työikäisten määrä vähenee, on hienoa, että Halla-ahon seuraavallakin valtuustokaudella maahanmuuton arvioidaan kasvavan siten, että kokonaisuutena Helsingin työikäisten määrä kasvaa. Vuonna 2030 useamman kuin joka neljännen työikäisen helsinkiläisen ennustetaan olevan vieraskielinen (hel.fi). Maahanmuuttajat rakentavat Helsinkiä ja tekevät helsinkiläistä kulttuuria.

Jussi Halla-ahon valtuustokausien aikana Helsingistä on kehittynyt monikulttuurinen, kansainvälinen kaupunki, jossa värillä ei ole väliä, ihmisillä on vapaus pukeutua haluamallaan tavalla, uimahalleissa naisille voidaan sallia omat uimavuorot ja Helsingin koulujen ruokalistoilta saattaa poimia vaikkapa tällaisia aterioita: Bataatti-kookoskermacurrya, quorn-currykastiketta, maustettua vehnää, timjamilla maustettuja punajuuria, soijabolognese-pastavuoka.  

Voidaankin kysyä, onko perussuomalaisten Suomi takaisin -huuto ollutkin juuri tätä. On haikailtu takaisin vanhan Viipurin monikulttuurista, iloista henkeä, josta Jussi on itsekin todistettavasti nautiskellut:

Tanssia sai siellä aina

Arkena ja sunnuntaina

Kieli vieras taikka tuttu

Laulu oli helppo juttu

Jos vain joku kielsi ‘ei ei ei’

Toinen sanoi heti ‘hem till mej’

Koronapandemian hellittäessä iloinen, moniarvoinen ja värikäs Helsinki tulee jälleen näkyviin. Perussuomalaiset ovat äänestäneet Suomen takaisin. Onnittelut saavutuksestanne, Jussi Halla-aho ja perussuomalaiset!

Jussi Halla-aho announces he will step down as PS chair in August


Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Chairperson Jussi Halla-aho announced Monday that he will not seek reelection as the party’s head at the annual meeting in August, according to Yle News. While some party members expressed sadness about the news, Halla-aho will not be missed by many.

No reason was given for his departure. There is, however, some speculation that Halla-aho was never enthusiastic about leading the party. Moreover, his exit may be a new step in making the Islamophobic party appear “more normal.”

Read the fulkl story here.

Even if the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) has said that it could form a government with the PS, Halla-aho remains a controversial person due to his racist views and writings.


Forcing an elderly Russian asylum seeker in Finland to the hospital


Some Russian asylum seekers expressed outrage of the ill-treatment of a single, 64-year-old woman from the Ukraine who was carried away by force from the Eastern Finnish Imatra asylum reception center.

“This is not the way to great a human,” said a Russian asylum seeker who got in touch with Migrant Tales. “We are not animals. We have human rights, too.”

So what justified the use of such force by the police?

Apparently, the woman, refused to go to the hospital because she fears deportation to Russia.

“There was another case [at the same asylum reception center] of a Russian woman called Ludmila who was sent to the hospital, [allegedly] drugged and then deported to Russia,” she said. “Later on she appeared in Turkey after being forced to return to Russia.”

If you have any information about what happened or about the elderly woman in the pictures, please get in touch with us at editor@migranttales.net

Shame on Fortress Europe – 44,746 deaths


The 44,746 deaths of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean and deaths due to Fortress Europe policies are another black spot on Europe. The deaths span from 1993 to June 1. Our indifference and apathy to this humanitarian crisis make the Mediterranean and Europe grow into a grave with unknown and forgotten people.

Indifference is one issue about our shameful behavior. But, others, like some of our politicians who would not care an iota if people who flee wars, hunger, and poverty die.

In Finland we exposed them thanks to an election compass in 2019.

Migrant Tales wrote back then: A total of 234 Euro election candidates answered Alma Media’s election compass, a total of 85 (36.3%) stated that they either “strongly disagree,” “disagree,” or are “neutral” (have no opinion) about the following claim: “Is it the obligation of the EU to save all those migrants who attempt to come to Europe and are at risk of drowning in the Mediterranean?”

The answers above were by Finnish MEP candidates who should know better.

Read the full statement here.

Europe’s immigration and refugee policy needs a long-overdue overhaul.

Europe’s history and hatred of its former colonial subjects allow it to remain indifferent.

KOTOUTUMINEN #15: Finland only promotes gender equality


An interesting video posted by a CaroxElMundo, who tells us in Spanish about her experiences about Finland, makes a very good observation: Finland promotes gender equality, but all other types of equality take a back seat.

She makes a valid point.

Finland has made a lot of progress in gender rights. There are still many things that have to be set right: women make on average 20% less than men at work, Finland is one of the most violent countries in the EU for women to live in. It was only 37 years ago when women won the right to pass on Finnish nationality to their children, even if they won the right to vote in 1906.

An ad from the 1960s that states that it is a “white man’s” cigarette. I guess this means that the cigarette brand was not meant for Roma and other visible minorities. The ad was made when women could give birth to children but not pass on nationality to them.

There are a lot of myths surrounding social equality in Finland.

The myths that are perpetuated permit institutional racism and discrimination to stay intact.

The myth reaches its most vulgar proportions at many “integration” courses for newcomers are, in reality, courses where you are fed Finnish exceptionalism. You are taught a lot about using public services but rarely talked about fighting for your rights and being treated equally before the law.

For this reason, the process of learning about your place in Finland can come as a rude surprise for some. It may also come as a lesser surprise if you learn this harsh reality in drips and drabs.

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*Kotoutiminen is the Finnish term for integration. It came about in the late-1990s because there was no such term in the Finnish language.

What’s at stake for persons of foreign origin in Sunday’s Finnish municipal elections?


The Foreign Scholars Forum, a forum for foreign scholars of all disciplines living and working in Finland, convened a Zoom panel discussion June 5th to which members of all the main political parties and groups were invited.  The keynote topics for the event were immigration and climate change.

Next to the debate, a fascinating and thought-provoking documentary on climate change was aired, giving the participants a deeper view of the issue. How do different views on dealing with the environmental crisis contribute to it directly and indirectly, and why is it important to change course.

Strange Season directed by Ahti Tolvanen was aired during the panel discussion.

Attending were municipal candidates Matti Mäkelä of the Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance), Espoo, and Enrique Tessieri, Social Democrats, Mikkeli.

Also present were three Helsinki councilors running for re-election: Ted Apter, Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), Simon Granroth, Swedish Party (RKP), and Mika Ebling of the Christian Democratic Party. 

Anu Harkki, Helsinki Greens, was unable to attend but consented to an interview beforehand.

The Perussuomalaiset (The Finns Party) failed to show up, and the Center Party’s candidate also never materialized.

Regarding the question of immigrants providing a solution to labor shortages in many parts of the country, Ebling said he felt this situation had been worsened by liberal abortion laws, which meant 600 000 births had been aborted, greatly impacting the country’s demographics.

He was also skeptical about the need for the extensive measures which were being taken to address climate change and felt the Earth had extensive adaptive capacity.

Both Granroth and Apter took exception to the second point and said an extensive scientific consensus confirmed the reality of the climate crises. Mäkelä was particularly emphatic about the seriousness of the climate issue.

He added that the deportation of asylum seekers to the violent circumstances of Afghanistan was morally wrong. Mäkelä mentioned his own volunteer work providing accommodation to an asylum seeker from that country and said he was only one of many Finns involved in this.

Anu Harkki stated in her interview that the climate crisis was such a pervasive global event that Finland could not hope to close its borders from environmental refugees.  She stressed the need for effective settlement programs to allow newcomers to integrate. She took exception with housing for newcomers in green spaces in Helsinki, although some Greens favored it.