Not a good indicator for a healthy society if it’s allowed to continue.
Because the EU’s external border is leaking like a sieve, and internal borders are non-existent, Finland cannot prevent Somalis from applying for asylum here. Finland can only affect just how attractive a destination it is for asylum seekers.
As Migration Board Representative also notes, the nothing has changed in the Somalis circumstances, which would explain the growth in asylum applications. The Somali overall security situation has developed in a positive direction in recent years. Entrants are social welfare seekers who exploit the Mediterranean sea taxi services, who are attracted to Finland’s generous social welfare security and liberal family reunification policies.
A major problem is that the bigger the Somali population in Finland is grows, the more powerful magnet it will be for those who are just planning to depart. In Finland in 2013 there was a little less than 16 000 Somalia speakers. More recent figures are not available, but since 2006 the number of somalis have grown n. 1000 per year, so the current number seems to be at 17-18 000.
In terms of the Finnish population a thousand new Somalis a year doesn’t sound like much. A 1000 new demanding, subsidy dependent and culturally challenged Somalis moving to the suburbs of Vantaa, Helsinki and Turku every year, however, is quite a lot.
Government should not imagine that the problem will go away by itself. The good news is that fix doesn’t have to be very radical. The most important thing is to send a message to those migrants wanting employment that they shouldn’t bother coming here. Deporting criminals and returning those who have been denied residence permits should be intensified, and family reunification rules must be tightened.
Government programme will give a good framework for the necessary changes. The program is not enough, but we also need determination and political courage.