The Finnish government, specifically the interior minister, Paula Risikko of the National Coalition Party (NCP), is a master of double talk and deception when it comes to the topic of undocumented migrants.
Risikko, like Päivi Nerg, permanent secretary of the interior ministry, have the nerve to state and warn us that undocumented migrants “are a threat” to Finland while it was them that created this so-called “threat.”
Risikko, Nerg and other politicians and officials live in denial. With their inhumane statements, which reveal their failed policies and ignorance, they attempt to place the blame on asylum seekers who are their unlucky victims. This is nothing new. The government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä scapegoats migrants near-constantly.
But let’s look at the absurdity of Risikko’s statement. In April, politicians from the NCP, Perussuomalaiset*, Center Party, Social Democrats and Christian Democrats voted in favor scrapping a law in April that gave residence permits on humanitarian grounds. By doing away with this option, parliament forced in one stroke the number of undocumented migrants to rise from a few hundred to the thousands.
In other words and in plain English, the politicians and government have created the ever-growing undocumented migrant problem in Finland.
Moreover, not only have they created this problem, but they are dragging their feet to deal with it.
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Why? Because it’s only one message to asylum seekers to feel unwanted in this country.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We, therefore, prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”