By Enrique Tessieri
One of the matters that continues to surprise me about the ongoing immigration debate in Finland are the so-called “bad” foreign laborers who purposefully come to this country to dodge taxes and work for slave-labor wages. Some claim that it is the foreign laborers’ fault while in fact opportunity to break the law is given by the employers.
Hiring foreign workers and paying them low wages happens everywhere. Without these types of workers how could the industry of countries like the United States or regions like the European Union maintain a competitive edge in global markets? The same practice has been going on in Finland and it appears that this type of illegal activity will get worse.
Action against the exploitation of illegal or semi-legal foreign laborers shouldn’t rest squarely on the worker entering our market but sparely on employers, unions and government watchdogs that should be doing their jobs.
I am certain that if foreign workers that enter the Finnish market were given the opportunity to make the same amount of money as natives and thereby make a decent living for them and their family, many would gladly pay taxes and contribute to the community.
Blaming foreign workers is only a pretext to look the other way at the real culprit: employers and those bodies that are supposed to regulate them.