News broke on Friday that more than ten investigations are currently underway in Finland into alleged rapes by asylum seekers. Should the authorities have spoken up sooner? The Interior Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Päivi Nerg says Finland’s police adhered to the same communication guidelines they normally observe with crimes of this nature.
Earlier this week on the floor of Parliament, Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb claimed that 90 percent of the civil servant experts consulted supported the coalition government’s plans to open up Finland’s securities custody to competition. In reality, the daily Helsingin Sanomat found that of the 21 officials asked to weigh in on the issue, 10 opposed it, nine refused to take a stand and two supported it – leaving the actual support percentage at less than 10 percent.
According to Oulu Police, the unit’s staff made an independent decision to move the residents of the asylum seeker reception centre elsewhere. A demonstration in protest of the shelter was held on Saturday, on the heels of news of an alleged rape of a young girl in the area by an asylum seeker.
A shortage of mental health professionals means that many schoolchildren aged over 14 are missing out on the care they need, according to the new survey by the National Institute for Health and Welfare.
Justice Minister Jari Lindström says that asylum seekers pose a security threat to Finland. The minister was responding Friday to news that police are investigating about ten reported rape cases in which asylum seekers are suspects.