White Finnish privilege #29: Your family is worth less than mine

by , under Enrique Tessieri

There has been a lot of debate about the present government tightening further family reunification laws. It shouldn’t come to any surprise that such measures not only reveal hostility towards asylum seekers, migrants, and minorities but are an example of white Finnish privilege in its most extreme forms.

Even if the Constitution guarantees that everyone in Finland is equal before the law, the truth is that you’re not. If you have Finnish citizenship your ok but if you are a foreigner or an asylum seeker that got a residence permit, it’ll be virtually impossible and costly to bring your wife and kids to this country.


Because this government, which comprises of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, Center Party and National Coalition Party, is openly hostile to Others.

We’ve known it all along that even naturalized Finns aren’t equal before the law because they’re not considered “real” Finns but are people with “foreign backgrounds.”

If the government has its way with the passage of the new law,  a person has to make 2,600 euros a month after taxes if he wants to bring his spouse and two children.

Even if the government states that such laws are important because they discourage asylum seekers from coming to Finland, it is just another PS anti-immigration ploy with the support of the Center Party and NCP to keep Finland white.

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Family reunification is especially expensive for asylum seekers. A family with a wife and two children would cost 1,775 euros to apply for family reunification from the Finnish embassy in Ankara. That would include transportation costs from Sanliurfa to Ankara and back.

Definition #29

When Finns emigrated to North America before World War 2 they brought their relatives, neighbors, and friends. The established whole communities and newspapers. Over 1.2 million Finns emigrated from this country between 1860 and 1999.

The tightening of family reunification requirements is not only a wet political dream of the PS but shows that Finland has little tolerance for cultural diversity. It proves as well that Finnish families are more important than non-Finnish families.

The government uses white Finnish privilege to exclude other groups.

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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.”