Ninny-stö is emblematic of the problem.
It’s not about refugees per say, but about how many, where they’re from and what is the final blueprint? The way the Finnish government is talking, in their refusal to show some spine towards Brussels, their unwillingness to tell the good people of the country (who already know the country is in serious debt) when will enough be enough, is causing the anxiety within the country that they’re supposedly trying to aussage.
“Then we can deport those, who haven’t really done anything wrong, but don’t meet the criteria,” said the president. “That process surely needs to be developed and speeded up.”
Here is a classic example of the type of convoluted mindset that’s in use by those in leadership roles. People lying about their actual status in order to gain entry into the country, thereby fraudulently using up huge and very limited financial resources that could be used by others, being deemed as ”not having done anything wrong”. Utter nonsense.
On a visit to Tampere on Wednesday, President Sauli Niinistö urged Finns to show more compassion in their response to the refugee crisis. This week several towns have refused to host reception centres amid demonstrations and protests against the arrival of asylum seekers.
“I can’t understand that, when there’s a war somewhere creating a huge distress and refugees, that the refugees should cause a huge commotion in Finland or in Europe,” said Niinistö. “We have to control our attitudes and our feelings, and show that things don’t improve when we cause a bigger fuss.”
Niinistö refused to condemn individual councils which have refused to take in new refugees, saying that such a stance wouldn’t solve the problem.
“I’m not going to condemn people, because that’s the core of uproar, which doesn’t move things forward,” said Niinistö when asked how he approached fear and suspicion. “I believe that places will be found and have to be found.”
Niinistö also emphasized that those fleeing Syria were doing so because of the exceptional circumstances in their homeland, where a brutal civil war has seen a quarter of the population flee.
“I don’t believe that there’s anything in the ordinary asylum seeker’s mind that could be a threat in any way,” said Niinistö. “At the same time we have to remember that there are these phenomena, Isis and others that demand some kind of control.”