Don’t be surprised by what you see. It is real and dangerous.
Sunday’s election results should not come to any surprise. Far-right parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and white supremacist groups like Suomen Sisu have worked tirelessly to promote Finland’s hostile environment against migrants and minorities.
One clear and irrefutable outcome of Sunday’s parliamentary election is that Finland will become an ever-hostile place for migrants, minorities and especially Muslims.
The election result will encourage greater microaggressions and bullying at the work place and at school. It will embolden many people who have issues with racism. Why? Because words and actions have direct consequences.
Seventeen-and-a-half percent, or 538,731 voters, gave their blessings to the PS and hardline Islamophobes and fascists. These politicians speak of “migrants” near-constantly but forget to tell you that they are only targeting about 10% of them.
The election results also reinforced the need for migrants and minorities to raise their voices against the hostile environment being promoted by parties like the PS.
Islamophobic parties like the PS want to undermine migrant participation in society by promoting, among other draconian measures, tougher naturalization laws. If you can’t vote you cannot influence and participate fully in society.
This must change and we have to be very passionate about it.
* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform was wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers plummet from originally 18 MPs to none. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.