The use of the term maahanmuuttokriittinen, or immigration critic, reveals what some journalists think about immigration to or in Finland. It can very well reveal that the journalist may hold the same opinions of anti-immigration groups.
The odd term immigration critic, which has been used to refer to groups such as Muutos 2011, True Finns and Hommaforum, has a basic message: keep Finland white. We don’t want people who are different from us.
Can we call a political group that openly insults immigrants through their ignorance and political opportunism “critical” of something? I don’t think so.
Better names for such groups could be populist, anti-immigration/xenophobic group, or ultra-nationalistic. Since in Finland we haven’t seen many far-right wing groups until the early 1930s like the Lapua Movement, it will be interesting to see what their real colors are.
What would you call a party or movement that has the following agenda:
(1) Change the Constitution and shelve the Non-Discrimination Act;
(2) Treat different groups in society unequally;
(3) Ethnocentric and racist;
(4) Pass policy on minorities that would never be accepted by their group;
(5) Fear everyone that is different and make a big deal about it;
(6) Bow-tie racism (smiling cordially and denying that they taking away your civil rights).
Would you call such a group that has such aims simply “immigrant critical?”
I would call it populist, anti-immigration/xenophobic group, or ultra-nationalistic.
Note: You can check out the Finnish-langauge verison of this post on Uusi Suomi.