New Security Strategy Presented
The Government will unveil its new ‘roadmap’ for internal security today. More than 100 experts from 30 organizations have taken part in preparing the new strategy, and concerns have been raised during the preparatory work, about topics such as the deterioration of government services in the peripheral regions of Finland.
A new project to help refugees integrate more quickly into Finnish society has been launched this week. Through the Refugee Council of Finland, a group of 24 refugees is now being taught in Arabic, instead of Finnish. The classes help them navigate Finnish social security services, culture, history and society and give them the chance for deeper discussion in their own language about issues like gender equality. Read more about the new project in our original story.
Soini Goes To France
Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) is in Paris today, to meet his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the pair will discuss how to strengthen the EU’s common foreign and security policies. Also on the Foreign Ministers’ agenda today will be bilateral relations, immigrant issues, and the situation in Ukraine.
Used Car Imports Up
Finnish car dealerships are bringing more used cars from abroad, for sale in the domestic market. Diesel cars are especially popular. About 25,000 used cars were imported from abroad during 2016 but this year, already more than 29,000 have arrived. In total, up to 650,000 used cars are sold annually in Finland.
Finns Oppose Sanctuary For Refugees
Most Finns don’t agree that it’s okay to hide refugees if they have already been turned down for asylum, and face removal to their home countries. Uutissuomalainen newspaper group reports the findings of a survey today which said 79% of Finns think it’s wrong to give sanctuary to a refugee in these circumstances; and only 8% of people questioned in the survey thought it was okay to give them shelter. The strongest opponents are supporters of the Finns Party, Blue Group and National Coalition Party. Supporters who think its okay, include young people, and supporters of Left Alliance, Greens and SDP.
It’s a cloudy and rainy start to Thursday morning for much of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. There’s cloud with some hints of sunshine in the south; scattered showers in central Finland; and more cloud in the north. Thursday morning temperatures range from +°C in the capital city region to +3°C in northern Lapland.