Gates of Vienna has just acquired a new Finnish correspondent, a fellow who goes by the nickname “Sludge”. He volunteered to provide summaries for us of relevant news items from the Finnish media.
A preliminary note: in his article below, Sludge mentions the Orwellian renaming of immigrants as “clients” within Finnish government parlance. Tundra Tabloids has more on that topic for anyone who is interested. KGS includes a translation from Uutiskynnys:
Migration and European Affairs Minister, Astrid Thors, wants to slacken the immigration ministry’s unnecessary strict measures. In order to do so, she is introducing a new vocabulary which will center around the word client. An immigrant will no longer be known as an immigrant, refugee, asylum seeker etc. He is just a client.
To control the populace, first you must control the language.
And now for Sludge’s report on the progress of Multiculturalism in Finland.
First, from Verkkouutiset:
Finnish Ministry of Domestic Affairs turns the tide: From border watching to assimilation and multiculturalism
The Ministry of Domestic Affairs is changing its politics in Finland. Finland is said to be in desperate need of foreign employees. That’s why the ministry changed its name from the “Ministry of Internal Security and Immigration”. The plan is to build a secure, responsible, and caring Finland by promoting a multicultural society and immigration. The new key words are: multiculturalism and assimilation.
According to the ministry’s new vision, Finland will be the most secure and “multi-valued” land in Europe and its competitiveness will be supported by an active immigration policy.
Minister of Immigration and European Matters Astrid Thors (Swedish party) points out that Finland cannot be like the USA, which says: come here and assimilate. According to her, Finland needs a modern immigration policy quickly. This policy means a system in which government will actively develop immigration by means of clients (note: new term for immigrants!) and by making policies for granting permission much easier.
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The year 2007 was a new record year for immigration, since 26,000 immigrants moved to Finland (Finland has only 5+ million inhabitants), so we’re catching up pretty quickly!
The second news item is from the newspaper Turun Sanomat. It says that there’s a huge crime wave in the city of Turku (the second largest city in Finland) caused by immigrants. The 6% immigrant minority commits 13% of all crimes. But that’s not the worst: they commit 34% of sexual crimes, 21% of assaults, and 37% of robberies and blackmail.
The percentages are even bigger if you consider only crimes committed by young people between the ages of 15 and 20. And the trend is going upwards: for example, assaults committed by the foreign-born jumped 80% in comparison with 2006.
Police are in need of swift action by the government to make the situation better. The chief officer of the Turku police department, Tapio Huttunen, says that the situation is alarming, and that assimilation hasn’t succeeded in all areas.