Finland’s Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen’s blog entry on the Roma reveals why Europe has done so little to help this minority

by , under Enrique

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read Christian Democrat Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen’s opinion piece on Uusi Suomi about the hardships that the Romany minority face in Europe today. As she expressed concern about their plight, I could not forget her intolerant views of gays, non-Christian refugees and her silence in the face of strict family reunification laws in this country.

Räsänen hasn’t been a too friendly voice for Romanian and Bulgarian Roma who have come to Finland to beg.

Eric Erfors’ column on tabloid Expressen of Sweden didn’t give Räsänen high marks either for her views of gays, the Roma and immigrants who aren’t Christians.

Zuzeeko, a Migrant Tales associate editor, wrote in spring about how little to nothing detaining children seeking asylum for long periods of time.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone why Räsänen’s approval rating among the populist anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS) is so high.

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Not only has Räsänen upheld stereotypes about the Roma with her views, she has publicly defended by playing down ethnic profiling by the police.

The interior minister claimed  in April last year that ethnic profiling didn’t occur in Finland because “the vast majority of foreigners look just like natives, so it’s [ethnic profiling] is not even a very sensible way to supervise aliens.”

At best Räsänen’s “concern” about the Roma reveals why so much has been said but so little done to help this minority.

As we listen to people like Räsänen speak about such shameful intolerance, it’s our own inaction and impotency speaking echoing to us.

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