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True Finns Call for Migration Minister’s Resignation

The populist True Finns party is demanding that Minister of Migration and European Affairs Astrid Thors resign from her post. The party alleges she has handled her job poorly by promoting a liberal migration policy that has attracted more asylum seekers.

Maahanmuuttoministeri Astrid Thors.
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The True Finns point out that the Finnish Immigration Service is struggling to process a backlog of 6,000 family reunification applications. The party is particularly concerned over family reunification because it fears the policy will open the door to more incoming refugees from Somalia and Iraq.

The party says Finland's liberal migration policy is to blame for the recent large influx of family reunification requests. They're now calling on the government to scale back migration and refugee policies to prevent Finland from appearing more lucrative than other countries.

Culture Minister Stefan Wallin, Thors’ fellow Swedish People's Party politician, reacted to the comments by saying that the Migration Minister enjoys the full support of government.

“The True Finns are starting to sound like a broken record,” he added.

Sources: YLE

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