At the moment foreigners guilty of crimes "may be deported" from Finland, but the Finns Party wants to change the legal wording to "will be deported."
Parliament on Thursday discussed the proposal put forward by Finns Party MP Jussi Halla-aho, an outspoken immigration critic.
He argued that “certain nationalities are grossly overrepresented” in crime statistics.
According to Halla-aho, many foreign criminals hail from countries with harsher penal systems than Finland. For this reason, the threat of deportation would effectively instill fear in people who have been granted humanitarian asylum, said the Finns Party parliamentarian.
Halla-aho's remarks received strong support from fellow Finns MPs. For example, Vesa-Matti Saarakkala said that multiculturalism was the beginning of the end and made references to Oslo, where he claimed a "rape epidemic" was underway.
SDP parliamentarian and former Interior Minister Kari Rajamäki criticised Halla-aho’s proposal as stemming from the nationalistic Suomen Sisu association. The group calls for "separate but equal" treatment of cultures and races "blurred by multiculturalism."
Rajamäki said the proposal itself as well as the Finns Party's speeches heard in the legislature slandered foreigners.
"You equate multiculturalism with crime," he exclaimed.
The Finns Party did not take kindly to comparisons with the far-right Suomen Sisu movement. Finns Party MP Olli Immonen emphasised that the proposal was authored by the Finns party parliamentary group. Immonen has, however, served as a high-ranking member of Suomen Sisu in Northern Ostrobothnia.
Bills put forward by the opposition rarely result in legislative changes.