Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, spoke at Suomi Areena, a debate event held annually in Pori, on 12 July, 2017.
The Finnish government has yet to back up its words with action, states Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League.
Aalto is referring to the coalition crisis that erupted following the thorough leadership re-shuffle at the Finns Party in June. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo (NCP) announced after the leadership election they will not continue co-operation with the Finns Party as they do not share the values of its new chairperson, Jussi Halla-aho.
“Unfortunately the government hasn’t changed its approach despite the comments. The government’s immigration policy has still been drafted by the ex-chairperson of the Finns Party and designed by ex-Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo,” he stated last week in Pori.
He demands that the government raise the refugee quota, revisit it decisions to adopt tougher immigration laws, and grant temporary residence and work permits to immigrants. “They’d prevent anyone from falling into a state of rightlessness. Let’s raise the refugee quota. It provides a legal route to safety,” he explained.
Aalto won the election to take the reins of the Green League a week after the tumultuous party conference of the Finns Party.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
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