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Is the Finns Party REALLY against immigrants?

Last week, Yle News ran a debate in English involving political candidates across Finnish political parties.

I applaud the mainstream media’s initiative to conduct a debate in English with the intention of increasing the accessibility and inclusivity of politics to immigrants.

Having said that however, it does come across as a surprise as to how current debate has relegated to such a low level of intellectual discourse, evidenced by how Yle anchored the following topic:

Word-by-word QUOTE from the YLE video caption:

“Finns Party candidate Erlin Yang says that it’s “totally wrong” to say that his party is anti-immigrant.”

 

Of course The Finns Party–represented by an immigrant Erlin Yang himself– is “totally not” against immigration. Why is there a need to delegate such precious debate time to addressing such a silly anchor?

What The Finns Party is against is uncontrolled immigration.

Because I personally am tired of the Finns Party being misprepresented, I have taken the liberty to translate Mr. Erlin Yang’s stance into English. Also, translation does not mean endorsement. I am personally voting for the Greens Party.

Here is what Mr. Erlin Yang said, which I felt is an accurate official position of The Finns Party:

“The Finns Party is a political party which aims to serve and represent the working class in Finland. It officially espouses the following values:

1. To increase the employment rate in Finland;

2. To foster a healthy start-up scene and to promote entrepreneurship in Finland;

3. To advocate for the development of Finnish culture;

4. To secure the economic security of Finland and therefore enhance the well-being of every resident;

5. To insist on fair wages;

6. To protect the interests of minority and vulnerable groups in Finland;

7. To promote the health of children and ensure safety in schools;

8. To guarantee a high quality and accessibility of basic services to elder citizens and retirees, so that they can enjoy their retirement with dignity.

Related to immigration, the Finns Party is FOR immigration into Finland under one or more of the following reasonable conditions:

1. For the purposes of professional work;

2. For the purposes of studies;

3. For the purposes of reunion with family.

The Finns Party is against immigrants who are insistent on coming to Finland to exploit the Finnish welfare system. In particular, it is staunchly against immigrants who are involved with human trafficking, drugs dealing and “refugees” who insist on staying in Finland illegally.

The justification is because this latter group is considered net-takers to the Finnish welfare state. Furthermore, this group threatens the very social fabric of Finnish society.

Erlin Yang agrees with the basic tenets that underlie the vision and mission of the Finns party.

As a Chinese immigrant to Finland himself, he greatly respects the Finnish way of life and values. Erlin Yang considers it his personal calling to contribute to the betterment of Finnish society by encouraging more meaningful interactions between legal immigrants and natives. He strongly believes that immigrants and natives can work together to achieve a more prosperous, cohesive and harmonious Finnish society.

Erlin Yang admits that there might have been some members of the Finns Party who previously made controversial and provocative statements targeted at immigrants, in particular refugees. He stresses however, that this is not the official stance of the Finns Party and that these members are in the rare minority.

Here, Erlin Yang attests to the fact that he has never once faced discrimination within his party. On the contrary, he has received overwhelming support from fellow party members who wish for immigrants to be represented.

Against this context, The Finns Party does not necessarily encourage “multiculturalism”—undoubtedly a sensitive term in Europe these days.

As one viable alternative to “multiculturalism”, he stresses that the will to integrate is key to maintaining a harmonious society. From the current situation, Erlin observes that not all immigrants have demonstrated this desire to integrate.

All in all, Erlin Yang concludes by purporting the view that it is only logical, humane and essential that a country accepts new immigrants along principles of common values.
These values include the pursuit of freedom, the desire for progress, principled virtues of loyalty and integrity, and the willingness to work hard.

Erlin emphasized that it is ideal for immigrants to adapt proactively to the ways of the locals and respect local traditions, people and cultures.”

So please agree and disagree to official positions, not what you THINK the official position is. -.- And please do not sensationalise political topics unnecessarily.

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Hi! This is Wan Wei and some affectionately call me WW. As a naturally curious person, I have interviewed over 100 inspiring politicians, C-level executives, entrepreneurs and influencers globally! Also Editor in Chief at IKIGUIDE (www.ikiguide.com), Asia's first portal on personal branding.

2 Comments

  1. Anja says

    Hei ww,
    did you extract all of this just from the yle debate?
    Or did you get your information from elsewhere, and if so could you link to your sources?

    • Hei Anja,

      The post was my translation of a recent rhetoric in mandarin by Erlin Yang. He was addressing a question as to why he supports The Finns Party.

      The original:

      芬兰人党是一个隶属工薪阶层的政党,涵盖社会各阶层。其党的宗旨是为了促进芬兰就业与创业,促进芬兰文化发展,促进芬兰经济安全和全体人民的福祉。芬兰人党特别强调保护社会工薪与弱势群体权益,提倡儿童健康和安全的学校和生活环境,确保退休人员和老人获取足够的生活起居基本服务,鼓励企业家和创业精神。在移民政策方面,芬兰人党鼓励以工作、求学和家庭团聚为目的移民,但反对以获取芬兰社会福利为目的移民以及涉及人口贩卖等的非法移民和未获居留权但仍然坚持要在芬兰居留的非法难民对芬兰福祉的不良冲击。

      芬兰人党的这些基本宗旨和努力都是我非常认同的。作为一个中国移民我也非常尊重芬兰人民的生活方式和价值观,并愿意帮助和促进所有来芬兰的合法移民同芬兰人民一起有和谐、健康和平等的生活。由于芬兰人党内有个别党员对移民特别是难民发表过一些比较激进的反对言论,但这并不代表芬兰人党的移民政策。本人在党内不仅没有受到歧视,反而被推举为竞选代表就是芬兰人党对合法移民的大力支持。我觉得我啦啦队里的一位群友说得好:我们华人华侨合法移民和土生土长的当地人都是认同共同的芬兰主流价值观,如自由、民主、科学、道义、奋斗。我们华人华侨有”入乡随俗”的文化传统,我们尊重芬兰当地人民与文化,不鼓励滥用“多元文化”而破坏芬兰当地谐和稳定的社会环境。

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