Perussuomalaiset MP and chair of the foreign affairs committee, Mika Niikko, said in Helsingin Sanomat that he’d only want to give asylum to Afghan women and girls. Niikko’s and the PS’ xenophobic views of asylum seekers are exposed.
“I am not heartless to not help women and children who seek to come and seek shelter from a dreadful government in the EU region,” he was quoted as saying in Helsingin Sanomat.
It should not surprise us that Niikko, like his party, constantly questions and undermines asylum seekers. As chair of the foreign affairs committee, he should know that asylum seekers are not accepted according to their sex.
Think what it’s like to live in a broken family, or be a single mother, fleeing war.
The chair of the foreign affairs committee is ignorant of history. Over 1.2 million Finns emigrated during 1860-1999. When they settled in the United States, they first brought their wife and children, then their relatives and even their friends.
Niikko’s comments only expose how the PS fuel and maintain Finland’s hostile environment against migrants and minorities.