Finland’s interior minister only likes Christian refugees

by , under Enrique

Finland’s interior minister, Päivi Räsänen, has raised eyebrows again in Finland with her conservative religious views about the type of refugees she thinks would best adapt to Finland. 

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Räsänen was quoted as saying on Joensuu-based Karjalainen that Finland should take Christian and Vietnamese refugees because their work ethic is closest to the Nordic.

This is not the first time that the Christian Democrat interior minister has expressed similar views about the types of refugees Finland should accept.

In June 2011, she wrote in a blog entry on Uusi Suomi: Our country’s culture, values and morals have been built around Christian ethics and we must not abandon them starting from our homes, day care centers and when bringing up children.”

The best indicator that Räsänen is a liability to immigrants and visible minorities is how she plays down ethnic profiling by the police, far-right violence and doesn’t think highly of the Romany minority. She is also a staunch homophobic. In a television debate in October 2010, she defined homosexuality as a sin, causing an exodus of thousands of people to abandon the Lutheran Church.

Amnesty International has petitioned the interior minister to halt the detention of refugee minors.

Writes Zuzeeko Tegha Abeng: “According to Amnesty International, children should be in day care centres, schools or skateparks – not in police detention. Finland detains thousands of people yearly, including people who have fled persecution, war or poverty. They are held in prison-like conditions, although guilty of no crime.”

With people like Räsänen in power, it’s clear that the rights of immigrants and visible minorities in Finland will not improve but get worse.


  1. Brave

    With people like Räsänen in power, it’s clear that the rights of immigrants and visible minorities in Finland will not improve but get worse.
    yes it get worse and worse hour by hour, and they are all like her but with different words and messages.

    What does she knows about Jesus?
    Can she answer this to me?
    Jesus is not religion, Jesus is way, Jesus don’t speak about hate but love.

    Human is human no matter whats their religion, religion has nothing to do with adaptation, if Päivi Räsänen was born in a Muslim country now she was a Muslim yes? Was she fanatical one who are against Christians?
    What does she means with adaptation?

  2. JusticeDemon

    Räsänen has been in trouble over this before, after making the same assertion exactly three years ago. The remark was written off at the time as a gaffe by an ignorant and inexperienced new minister, which leaves us wondering what the excuse will be this time.

    Article 3 of the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is absolutely unequivocal on this point:

    The Contracting States shall apply the provisions of this Convention to refugees without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin.

    Räsänen is identified in the Karjalainen article as the government minister who is specifically responsible for administrative decisions taken pursuant to this specific legal instrument. Those decisions are, in effect, issued in her name.

    There is more than enough ammunition in this latest remark for a well-founded parliamentary question or petition to the Attorney-General.