I fully agree.
Finland should only provide protection to refugees who can assimilate well into Finnish life and society, Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen told Yle on Friday. The European election candidate singled out Vietnamese immigrants as an example of the type of asylum seekers Finland should accept, claiming they have adapted successfully.
Räsänen said she would not reveal which groups she did not judge to be well integrated.
Speaking on Yle’s series of interviews with MEP candidates in the runup to the European parliament elections on May 25, Räsänen defended her recent statement that Finland should be more stringent in choosing which refugees it gives protection to.
The leader of the Christian Democrats party insisted that she did not believe asylum seekers should be admitted on the grounds of their religion, despite having in the past called for preference to be given to persecuted Christians.
”It makes sense that refugees should have access to countries where they are able to integrate,” Räsänen said. “I’m not saying religion is a basis on which to accept someone, but yes, we have been looking at immigrant groups, and we are thinking about which groups have integrated well,” the Interior Minister said.