While recent headlines report that some Finns are pushing back at the idea of asylum seekers coming to their communities, others are stepping up to help them. On Wednesday the Finnish Red Cross in Helsinki held an info session for around 200 people interested in volunteering to assist the growing population of asylum seekers.
Finnish banks have downgraded their forecasts for the Finnish economy. Handelsbanken’s latest reading dubs the outlook as miserable, while Nordea described the economy as "paralysed". The institutions now estimate that Finland is in its fourth consecutive year of recession.
Finns Party leader and Foreign Minister Timo Soini says he’s not ruling out the idea of European states prioritising Christian asylum seekers for entry into their countries. Soini told the news agency STT that the position has also been raised by countries such as Poland and Slovakia.
The city of Lahti has borrowed from the playbook of the Social Insurance Institution Kela and is offering new vocational and university students a survival kit modeled on the now world-famous baby box. The starter kit has so far been distributed to more than 1,000 individuals starting their studies at the city’s university and polytechnics.
The SDP and the Left Alliance have lost more than a third of their support compared to the levels recorded in a poll ten years ago. The Finns Party are also down in the latest figures, while the Centre remains the best-supported party.