The political field is pretty lopsided in this country these days: left-wing parties that were “progressive” in their approach to society have now become conservative and those that were on the “right” appear to be more open to the outside world.
If one looks at the recent statements on immigration by Social Democratic Party MP Eero Heinäluoma and Kokoomus’ Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb one can conclude that the ideological tables have turned quite radically.
Even the Center Party, which has tradictionally been nationalistic and conservative in its view of the outside world, has under the leadership of Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi become a more middle-of-the-road party.
Even though the Social Democrats have open-minded people such as Liisa Jaakonsaari and Erkki Tuomioja, the anti-immigrant hardliners like MP Kari Rajamäki spoil the day. Rajamäki’s stance on immigrants and refugees is on the same wave length as the True Finns.
Certainly one cannot conclude that all of the members of Kokoomus want to make immigration work for Finland. Wille Rydman and Kai Pönttinen are sore examples of how some politicians want to use the immigration card for political gain.