Ruotsin hallituksessa tunnetaan huolta suomenruotsalaisten asemaa koskevasta keskustelusta Suomessa. Muun muassa vähemmistökysymyksistä vastaava integraatioministeri Erik Ullenhage on huolissaan Suomen keskustelun sävystä, joka on tuttu muualtakin Euroopasta.
A recent poll commissioned by YLE shows that the anti-immigration True Finns Party would gain 10.1% of the votes if an election were held today. It is the first time that 10% of respondents have given their voting preference to the True Finns.
Finland’s conservative Kokoomus youth leader, Willie Rydman, makes an incredible statement in a letter to the editor to Helsingin Sanomat: The state should not support nor fund multiculturalism because it would hinder the adaption of immigrants into our society.
There are some encouraging signs in the Finnish immigration debate recently. So-called “critics” such as Jussi Halla-aho, Eero Heinäluoma and others have been strangely quiet on this front. Even ultra-critical immigration bloggers such as Tiwaz have vanished. One of the best pieces of news was that hate website patriootti.com ceased to exist from Monday.
So-called “immigrant-critical” groups may see their plans backfire badly if they believe that by debating openly immigration is all it takes to strengthen their negative stand against immigration and refugees. One of the biggest flaws these groups use is that that they believe that since cultures are so different, they can therefore never adapt to Finland.
A story in Nelosuutiset yesterday about the “worrying amount” of immigrants taking part in the national athletics championships, Kalevankisat, was a perfect example of the scaremongering practiced by some members of the Finnish media.