Parliamentary elections are getting close here in Finland. The True Finns party has now made a suggestion through their “think tank”, that immigration to Finland should be restricted according to nationality of the immigrants. They have calculated what they think are the expences of different nationalities as groups moving in. Not surprisingly, in their calculations Germans prospered in Finland while Somalis caused expenses to the state.

The German immigrant may or may not come to Finland because of open and tolerant society, but certainly it is more likely, that she/he is of the age group that goes straight into work. As the German comes from a society whith high education rates, it is only natural that she/he is more likelier to move here only after recieving a job from here. The person immigrating from Irak, Syria, or for example Somalia (the only true libertarian society on earth) is much more likely coming here as the child, or grandmother, and when one is running from war and chaos, securing a job in the peacefull country one is running to, is not the first issue at hand, even though it was among the very first things. It is precisely this kind of prejudice, that this mindfart of the True Finns “think” tank has released, why the Somali finds it harder to get a job in Finland.

The cost-benefit calculation is frankly quite impossible to reach. One can make all sorts of evaluations about what a single immigrant costs when that person enters the society, but the long term analysis is much more difficult. However, it is the long term analysis that we need to look at, if we are to make any judgement on the issue. Had I heard this news flash yesterday, I would surely have taken it as the April Fools day joke.

Do the True Finns “think” tank and party leadership expect their voters and supporters to be this stupid and ignorant, or is it a mutually agreed racist agenda, that they are trying to convey hidden in plain sight? It would not be the first time that some of their more extreme flank has come out of the closet with, after wich their leader Timo Soini has had to come out his and make amendments proclaiming their party non-racistic. Why is it, that no other party in Finland has had to make any proclamations about not being racistic? I find it funny, that he, the leader of this party – that has so many of it leading figures fighting against any priviledges, or even rights, to minorities – Mr. Soini is the member of one of the most minute religious minority groups in Finland by being a Catholic. I wonder if he ever feels like he is being afflicted by some form of Stockholm syndrome… On the other hand there is this unifying thing, that if one is a racist, one represents such a small minority, that they need to hide their agenda from the public view.

Finland actually does require immigration and it is not even primarily the sort, that just now boosts our economy at the very moment. Of course that is good too, but our main problem is, that we Finns almost doubled our number after WWII and our birth rates have been declining ever since. We have an effective pension, system that secures some sort of safety even for the most poorest of elderly people, but it costs, because we are having the ratio of old people in comparrison to the young all upside down. The big families moving in from the developing countries and from war zones are the major relief to this problem. But it is not going to work, if the kids are going to be ostracised in schools for their nationality. Reports, such as this are only going to make the problems of different cultures colliding worse and I do wonder if the True Finns are too stupid to understand as much, or is it their precise goal. To make their predictions about immigrants from poorer countries becoming a problem in our society come true. Just to get to say they were right, even if anyone with a half a brain, should be able to see what may cause such a disparity?

There are plenty of even highly educated unemployed people in Finland at the moment. Plenty of busses are driven by engineers, technicians and even doctors, just because their nationality happens to be Somali, and the bigot employers can see it from their face. Our main concern is not to get the sort of immigrants who would fill up a job here, but quite the opposite. We need the kids who are young enough to benefit from our high standards of education and we need them to fit in to the social society, not to feel like outsiders. So, that when they grow up, they want to participate in this society, pay taxes and take care of our ever growing number of elderly wether those are more or less true Finns, Germans, or Somali. And I suspect the True Finns party leaders know this. If they do, for their actions and releasing such hatefull suggestions as the one about restricting immigration according to nationalities, there exists only one explanation. Hidden racism. Not hidden very well, but at least an attempt to hide it has been made to hide it. No wonder, that when they say the words “political correctness”, it seems like some sort of curse word for them.

I guess it has not accorded to the “think” tank of the True Finns, that the division to nationalities is totally arbitrary. That it does not tell anything of the individual immigrant. Should a Kurdish kid who has a job waiting him at the local pizzeria in Helsinki kept by his cousins, be more wellcome to Finland, than the Estonian grandpa who has no job, but has family ties in Finland? According to this ridiculous division by nationalities however, if the Kurds cost too much in general and Estonians less, then the grandpa gets to move while the Kurdish kid does not.

It seems like this division to nationalities is an attempt to provide the immigration officials with some sort of x-ray vision to evaluate wether the individual immigrant is going to be a productive member of the society or not. But reality simply does not work like that, exept in the minds of racists, who think criminal behaviour is somehow connected to the perpelexion of people. It is not. Even if we could divide the representatives of some nationalities to be more likely to be costly to the society than some others, that does not hold true according to individuals. The German individual is just as likely to become a burden to the society as the Somali individual. Only people who themselves incorporate the worst stereotypics connected to their own nationalities would prefer a culture in wich we are treated according to our nationality rather than as individuals.

Why should we choose to restrict immigration according to nationalities? Why not according to gender? I bet all the bought wives from Thailand for the less racistic supporters of the True Finns party would look like not very cost effective to the society at their arrival? What about according to age? Because it is the age of the immigrant, that makes a lot more difference between their immidiate cost effectiveness, than their nationality. Right? The suggestion to start dividing immigration according to the imagined cost effectiveness of the nationalities of the immigrants is stupid, bigoted, racists and against a free and open society.

I must say, that even I feel a bit ashamed for them. Not for Somalis, or for Germans, for that matter, but for the True Finns party. I thought that they could not come up with anything more embarrising than the English version of their party name, wich should have by all accounts, been translated more accurately as “Basic Finns”. The name True Finns actually revealed what they think about themselves and other Finns. That there are some who are more Finns than others with the same nationality. Similarly this new suggestion of theirs moves the goal posts of political discussion away from the reality and towards la-la-land, and the gloomy ghost of thirties. This is a very disturbing direction.

Why did they not suggest, that the immigrants should be cost evaluated according to their skin colour while they were at it? It is just as arbitrary as dividing people according to nationalities. Because of the political correctness they so much hate? I bet one could make up all sorts of statistics in wich white people from the rich west look better, than all the other people from the exploited developing countries. What would that have proven other, than that when society has money and is in peace, it does not produce the same kind of problems as it does when it is at war and people need to escape the war, or sheer powerty? But it seems our western society also produces problems, as the “True Finns” and other racist movements are out there to muddy the waters from discussing the actual social and political issues, and have brought up this nonsense to the fore…