Finland’s immigration policy is a failure because it is inhumane. It is a failure and inhumane because the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset*, which imploded into two parties in June, has lobbied for tighter and unrealistic immigration policies with the blessings of the Center Party and National Coalition Party.
According to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), “a few thousand” asylum seekers who fled the country in hopes of getting asylum elsewhere were sent back to Finland from other EU countries.
Read the full story (in Finnish) here.
When a country like Finland, which claims to uphold human rights and treats people fairly starts to label and deport people wholesale to countries that aren’t but considers “safe,” time is ripe to reconsider and replace such policies.
If there is one matter that we have learned from the handling of asylum seekers since 2015 and ever-tighter immigration policy is that it is a disaster and inhumane.
A case in point was in spring 2016 when parliament voted to do away with residence permits on humanitarian grounds. By doing away with this option, Finland created an ever-growing army of undocumented migrants. Politicians stuck their heads in the sand and hoped that the problem would go away.
The problem has not gone away. It has only gotten worse.
While tough anti-immigration rhetoric may go down well with some voters in Finland, it only adds salt to an open wound, which is our broken and inhumane immigration policy.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform Party. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way.
A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.