Typical reaction by statist nut-jobs.
The country is in debt, the public sector is ripe for pruning, but these city officials want to not only flood the country with migrants, but also create positions for them, again, at the expense of taxpayer, many of whom that reject what’s being done to them.
Yle approached recruitment professionals in the country’s 20 largest cities to find out if they had guidelines relating to hiring non-Finns and how such guidelines were applied. In cases where municipalities didn’t have any explicit directives, Yle asked whether or not migrant job applicants received any special consideration when they applied for work.
Potential employers almost unambiguously responded that they did not have any clear guidelines on getting migrants into the municipal workforce. Helsinki was the only city with a clear policy that amounted to something like “affirmative action” for immigrants in the job market. Officials in Hämeenlinna said they plan to adopt similar guidelines in the future, while in Lapland’s Rovaniemi, immigrants are given a nod in the city’s guidelines on equality.
However the vast majority of the 20 cities polled said that they treated all applicants equally regardless of country of origin, language or ethnic background.
[Tundra Tabloids: State enforced discrimination practices. This is how Leftist statists think, ”forced equality, regardless if it’s discriminatory towards one sector of society is permissible if it’s in pursuit of ”the goal”, i.e., ends justifying the means.]
Language skills a major factor
Yle found that city officials were divided when they were asked whether or not they practiced some kind of affirmative action in hiring immigrants. In general, recruiters did not see a foreign background as any kind of inherent advantage. On the other hand many viewed diverse language skills as a desirable quality, particularly for service-oriented jobs.
Yle speculated that as Finland’s orientation becomes more global, immigrants may find themselves holding a trump card when it comes to finding work, largely because of language and cultural knowledge.
[Tundra Tabloids: As forced mass immigration takes hold whether the people actually want it or not, demand will rise for these ”trump card” poster children of multiculturalism. A self fulfilling policy if there ever was one.]
According to personnel director Marju Pohjaniemi, the practice in Helsinki is for migrants to be valued for their language skills – although the city’s guidelines allow it to bypass capable Finns to hire non-Finns.
[Tundra Tabloids: State instituted discrimination against ethnic Finns already on the books]
“Competence is first and foremost the deciding factor and competence depends on the skills required for certain tasks. For example in youth work it would be good to have immigrants who know the background and mindsets of young migrants,” Pohjaniemi said.
Trying to reflect capital region demographics
Nearly half of Finland’s migrant population live in the capital region. Espoo, Vantaa and Helsinki are trying to increase the presence of non-Finns in the workforce to meet growing foreign language requirements.
In Helsinki the proportion of workers speaking foreign language was 4.6 percent in 2011 and 6.6 percent in 2014. That’s a far cry from the 12 – 13 percent of the population who speak languages other than Finnish and Swedish.
Some cities haven’t had to agonise over the question of hiring quotas since the proportion of non-Finns is so small. In the case of Iisalmi in central Finland, for example, just 310 residents have a migrant background in a population of over 22,000.
Some support for employment of migrants
Other cities are also pondering ways to get immigrants on the payroll, since this group often finds it difficult to find work.
The city of Hämeenlinna is offering apprenticeship positions to immigrants and Tampere has introduced a small quota for immigrants in its summer employment scheme.