What former Kolari asylum reception center deputy manager “likes” on Facebook (and it’s not pretty)

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Finland was hard pressed to set up reception centers last year to house some 32,500 asylum seekers. In that quest, it’s understandable that some mistakes were made when hiring staff. What is commendable is that the Finnish Immigration Service succeeded at finding a reception center place for each of the asylum seekers. 

Even if the challenges were formidable, there were mistakes made in the rush to establish these reception centers and to hire people. Migrant Tales has written a lot of stories about such challenges at Luona-run reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Hyvinkää.

On Thursday, YLE reported that the deputy manager of the Kolar asylum reception center, Jari Sillantie, was relieved of his duties because “he wasn’t suited for the job,” according to Helsingin Sanomat, which quotes the Red Cross.

Is Sillantie suitable for the job?

At least the Red Cross doesn’t think so.

Sillantie’s Facebook page below may shed light on his views about migrants, asylum seekers and cultural diversity. But you judge yourself.

The former Kolari reception center deputy manager suggests with his “likes” that he is against building mosques, government immigration policy, new asylum reception centers and supports Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Laura Huhtasaari, an Islamophobe who doesn’t believe in evolution.

The five logos with the Finnish lion below read are used by people who are nationalists, oppose immigration and cultural diversity in Finland. All five logos read: Finland first. We won’t bow down – we won’t give up.

Bow down to what? Give up against whom?

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We are against EU asylum-seeker quotas.
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We are against the 2020 immigration plan.
Finland first (cause)
We are against the building of big mosques in Finland.
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We are against the opening of an asylum reception center in Kerava.
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Kick foreign panhandlers (Roma) from Finland and close the borders.
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Finland must stop foreign companies from “colonizing” the mining sector.
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PS MP Laura Huhtasaari. Read more about her Islamophobic thoughts here. Huhtasaari doesn’t believe in evolution.

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.”