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Katainen: Finland should learn from Stockholm riots

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen says that Finland has lessons to learn from unrest in suburbs of Stockholm over recent days.

Pääministeri Jyrki Katainen.
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen Image: Anna Wikman / Yle

In his monthly interview on Yle Radio Suomi, Katainen said he hoped for an open discussion on how Finland could avoid disturbances like those seen last week in poorer districts of the Swedish capital. He suggested that numbers of new immigrants could be kept at a moderate level.

“The number of asylum seekers should be under control,” said the premier. “Another matter is the functioning of integration services. An especially important part of this is successful language teaching, so that people can integrate and seek work. In addition, attention should be paid to the planning of residential areas.”

Katainen says that immigration should be discussed in Finland, but on a wide-ranging basis and dispassionately.

Rioters have burned cars and attacked police stations in Stockholm on a nightly basis since last Sunday after a 69-year-old man wielding a machete was shot by police.

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