PROBLEMS IN IMMIGRATION DON’T CHANGE BY COMPLAINING BUT BY FIXING
I have lived in Finland for 25 years. During that time I have seen how Finland has changed and it has not always been positive. Mistakes in immigration policy lead to parallel societies, which we don't want.
What kind of immigration policy is being done in Helsinki? It's up to us. The housing policy, which is done with consideration and realism, is a prerequisite for a functional immigration policy. That is one step.
Immigration is a broad concept and immigrants are a heterogeneous group of people. They cannot be bundled together. There are different aspects to immigration and it is good to identify differences. In this context, I am writing specifically about humanitarian immigration and its problems.
The volume of immigration and the quality of immigration policy are directly linked to the emergence of parallel societies. Unfortunately, we are on a bad and unsustainable road. Many of us don't want to see it. The pursuit of good has produced bad.
When we give privileges and power to communities, insecurity grows, and the sense of togetherness that is absolutely necessary for every nation deteriorates. Helsinki cannot afford it, nor can other municipalities.
Immigrants do not need to be scolded. They are not victims, but thinking individuals with their abilities and responsibilities. They are not victims of their situation, as some suggest. We need to support immigrants and help them in the new country. We must do teamwork. All of us regardless of our ethnicity or gender. For Finland.
Immigration must be effective and produce good results. If we allow problems to grow, we create evil. It so happens that poor integration and irresponsibility also affect immigrants who are already well integrated into society. And there are many who have well integrated. Problems in humanitarian immigration do not change by complaining but by correcting things.
There is no problem with immigration itself if integration works and people get jobs. At the national level, major renovations are ahead, especially in the social security and employment, and economic policy. But there is also work to be done at the city level.
The more we allow regions to differentiate, the more problems we create. Immigrant-dominated areas need to be fixed through better urban planning. Teachers also find immigrant-dominated areas problematic.
Silencing and sugar coating things do not help to fix, it only makes things worse.
Sometimes I hear it said that my writings and speeches increase racism and xenophobia. In fact, it is the opposite. People with an immigrant background will find it increasingly difficult to live with the native population if we do not address problems. We're all in the same boat.
Silence is not an option. If we don't talk, someone else will talk and lead the conversation. Someone who does not control entities and is not being honest. Someone who tears instead of building. That's not a good thing. Transparency is what we need. To be able to, and willing to talk about difficult things as well. That is what I am committed to do.