Here is another scare-tactic story by the Finnish Border Guard to reinforce our fears of the “uncontrolled hordes” of immigrants that are attempting to enter Finland illegally. It is a bit like a recent story by YLE that aims to fuel refugee and immigrant hysteria among the population.
Let’s dissect this story with tweezers and see its flaws. In the first place, it speaks of “about 20,000 illegal immigrants” attempting to enter the European Union through Finland from Russia. Note, the article speaks of immigrants as opposed to refugees from Asia, Africa and Palestine. If they are real refugees, shouldn’t they have a right to apply for asylum?
Another matter that should be pointed out about the story is that the figures are only rough estimates.
These types of stories serve the Finnish Border Guard very well. It reinforces the unsubstantiated notion that we are under constant attack by hordes of foreigners (immigrants and refugees) and therefore it is a good matter that the police are handling immigrant affairs in the country. If I wanted more funds from the state, these types of stories would serve me well.
Some Finnish politicians and the police have used these types of scare tactics in the past. During the cold war, there was no discussion about our foreign policy because it was an issue of national security. Hysteria was also fuelled by people such as the Keijo Korhonen, who around 1990 warned Finns in a populist fashion about unonctrolled masses of Russian refugees overtaking Finland.
If the Finnish Border Guard wants to talk about illegal immigration seriously, they should study the US-Mexican border or travel to Spain and Italy. An estimate of 20,000 is a drop in the bucket with what the latter countries have to deal with.