Finnish Immigration Concerns Finnish Politics


While not perfect, this looks like a better arrangement than in past governments.


Likely coalition’s key immigration, security and EU policy proposals

The three political parties participating in Finland’s government negotiations presented thier first joint ‘position papers’ to the media on Wednesday on the topics of immigration policy, foreign and security policy and EU policy. Yle highlights 14 points that stood out from the likely future government’s presentation.

Yhteiskuvassa Timo Soini, Juha Sipilä ja Alexander Stubb. Sipilä pitää puhetta.
Finns Party Chair Timo Soini, Centre Party Chair Juha Sipilä and National Coalition Party Chair Alexander Stubb presented some of the policy proposals of the next likely Finnish government on May 13. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

1. Refugees quotas will be maintained at current levels and as such will be Finland’s contribution to international efforts to share the refugee burden. The State shall enhance its cooperation with municipalities in this area and ensure adequate resources are available.

2. Finland’s next government encourages open discussion of immigration policy, but racism will not be tolerated. An independent analysis of the costs and effects of migration in Finnish society will be formulated.

3. Work-related immigration is welcome. Finland’s current practice will continue to be the guiding principle of labour-based immigration.

4. Participation in an organisation deemed to be a terrorist group by the UN or the EU will be considered a criminal offense.

5. Deportation of immigrant perpetrators of serious criminal offenses, repeat offenders and persons deemed dangerous to society-at-large will be sped up.

6. Finland is a militarily non-aligned country that is engaged in a pragmatic partnership with NATO. Finland retains the option to apply for NATO membership at any time.

7. Finland’s next government will draw up a foreign and security policy report that will estimate the effects of possible NATO membership for Finland. In addition, a defence statement will be formulated that will define the defence policy guidelines for the maintenance, development and use of Finland’s defence capabilities.

8. Finnish legislation will be amended to permit surveillance programmes that collect signals intelligence outside its borders and in communications.

9. Legislation on the acquisition of land and property deemed important to national security and dual citizenship will be assessed.

10. The European Union is an important security community for Finland.

11. The EU must focus on pertinent issues. It is not necessary to intensify integration on all political fronts. Finland would like to see less EU regulation with a lighter, improved touch.

12. Finland will introduce a system of tuition fees to higher education students coming from outside the EU and EEA regions. Graduates will be encouraged to stay and work in Finland with tax deductions.

13. The next government opposes Finland taking on more liability in efforts to seek a resolution of the euro crisis.

14. Implementation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA is an important objective. Free trade agreements must safeguard the rule of law, food security and non-discriminatory regulation of the signatory states in order to bolster such things like environmental and consumer protection.


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