Joan Morais named and shamed in a tweet the Portuguese MEPs who voted against the motion in the European Parliament o improve search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean.
Thee Finnish MEPs that voted against the motion last week: Laura Huhasaari of the Perussuomalaisset* party, Petri Sarvamaa, and Henne Virkkunen of the National Coalition Party.
While we know the Islamophobic mindset of Huhtasaari, nether Sarvamaa nor Virkkunen gave any explanation for their vote.
So far this year, over 1,000 lives have been lost while crossing the Mediterranean. Since 1993, UNITED for Intercultural Action has documented “more than 36,570” deaths of people who died in an attempt to enter Fortress Europe.
Migrant Tales published in May a list of Finnish MEP “let them drown” candidates, who did not believe it is the EU’s obligation to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean.
*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.