Perussuomalaiset (PS) party MP Jussi Halla-aho and his far-right Suomen Sisu and anti-immigration cronies would like to tighten immigration laws further by making it easier to deport convicted foreigners, reports YLE in English.
Presently, foreigners “may” be deported from Finland if they are convicted of a crime. Halla-aho wants the word “may” to be changed to “will” be deported.
If Halla-aho ever got his way, an adult who has lived most of his life in Finland but who isn’t a citizen would be automatically deported if he or she committed a serious crime.
Halla-aho and his band appear to have nothing better to do except fuel suspicion and hostility towards certain groups like Muslims. Drafting laws that aim to ban circumcision or make it easier to deport convicted foreigners not only reveal their narrow-minded views, but their manifest contempt for diversity.
Their anti-immigration rhetoric and arguments, which have remained in a nineteenth-century time warp when Europe was a colonial power, have already struck a negative chord in Finland.
You know something has gone wrong for Halla-aho if even former interior minister,MP Kari Rajamäki, criticized the proposal. He claimed that it was from the extremist Suomen Sisu associaiton.
Members of the PS, like anti-immigration hardliner MP Olli Immonen, didn’t take Rajamäki’s accusations lightly. The MP, who is a Suomen Sisu member, said that Rajamäki was jealous of Halla-aho because he didn’t belong to the extremist association.
Racism and prejudice in Finland work in the same way here as elsewhere. Its main purpose is to show how different certain groups are in order to justify the existence of racism. If one looks at Halla-aho’s and the message of other anti-immigration politicians, it’s all about placing obstacles, victimizing and labeling whole groups wholesale to hinder their acceptance and integration.
Their message is reactive – rarely if ever proactive.