”Volunteer Päivi Vettenranta was on hand to assist the centre’s first occupants, wishing the asylum seekers a warm welcome to Satalinna.”
“Make yourselves at home and try to hang in there. Our society is not the easiest one in the world to deal with,” advised Vettenranta.
I would say that the average Finn has been more than moderate in relating to this onslaught of 3rd world Middle Eastern migrants fleeing their homelands for the comfort of the Finnish taxpayer supported welfare state. In other places around the world, lets say like Mexico, they’d be rounded up and sent packing.
New reception centre scrambles to hire staff as first asylum seeker occupants arrive
Finland is working quickly to find space for a recent influx of asylum seekers entering its borders. The Harjavalta reception centre in southwest Finland was set up in a hurry to address rising need, and is still in the process of hiring workers to staff the facility. A dozen or so Red Cross volunteers were on hand to welcome the first group of migrants arriving at the centre Saturday.
The newly-opened Harjavalta reception centre in southwest Finland received its first residents on Saturday, and a team of Red Cross volunteers – not facility personnel – were on hand to welcome them. Operating out of the refurbished building that used to house the Satalinna Hospital, the centre is a welcome sight to the 50 young men who arrived, as they had been sleeping on the floor in a Turku immigrant services location for the previous two weeks. Next week a new group is scheduled to arrive.
The new reception centre is one of several that have been quickly established of late, to meet what is widely seen as an acute need. Interior Minister Petteri Orpo recently predicted that as many as 15,000 asylum seekers would make their way to Finland by the end of the year and headlines report that reception centres in the capital city region have long been at capacity.
Here at Harjavalta, things have happened so quickly that the facility hasn’t even finished hiring new staff. Fortunately, a team of volunteers has stepped in to fill the gap.