Finnish PS MP would be overjoyed to see “less migrants and more humans”

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Maria Tolppanen is a Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP who said she’d be overjoyed to see less migrants and more humans or people in Vaasa’s city square, according to a questionnaire to candidates that appeared on Vaasan Ikkuna and was posted on Facebook. Tolppanen, who has made racist statements before, uses a lowly term, mamu, when she refers to migrants in the story.  

Tolppanen is member of the employment and equality committee of parliament, which, among other things, oversees matters such as equality, the working environment, occupational safety and labor.

Christian Thibault, chairman of Rasmus, an anti-racism NGO, said that while PS chairman Timo Soini has tried recently to play down his party’s issues with racism another matter is how successful he’s been at this. 

“The Finns Party [PS] will never be ready to be a member of a government as a serious and reliable partner,” said Thibault. “Not even if some of its MPs [like Tolppanen] are desperately seeking reelection.”

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PS MP Maria Tolppanen said that she’d be overjoyed to see fewer migrants and more humans in Vaasa’s city square.

“No responsible and civilized politician would make such a statement as Tolppanen did about immigrants,” he continued. “Does she really think that the people of Vaasa are racist enough to vote her back in?”

Thibault said that Tolppanen used to be a journalist and therefore knows perfectly well the impact of her statements.

“She is a very experienced and influential politician and that’s scary,” he said.

The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.

  1. D4R

    The road to success in Finland is to make immigrant the scapegoat. We are easy target for anyone who wants to become successful in Finland, Maria is no exception. Its sad that we are being used as political toys.

  2. Laku

    I’m afraid you’ve not had a very good translator for the text. What she said is that she would like to have less immigrants and more people enjoying their lunch during their lunch break at work. She does not imply that immigrants are not humans. Please, be more specific. I understand that you want dramatic stories, but it is not very convincing nor good journalism to modify the translation to suit your website better. Thanks. Maria Nivala from Finland

    • Migrant Tales

      Hi Laku, you could read her comment many ways. She’s a journalist and knows perfectly well where to put the period mark. This is one way how politicians speak in code to their voters.