The crisis in Afghanistan is destroying the coal of populist and nationalist movements, including in Finland, where the leader of the Finnish party Riikka Purra recently called for the abolition of the Finnish refugee quota.
"Afghanistan has sparked a debate on migration. Politicians cause bad blood by talking about “harmful immigration” and “lifestyle surfing”," Aki Kangasharju, The director of the Business Research Institute (Etla) told Iltalehti.
He noted that statistics and international studies show that highly educated foreigners not only save Finnish state money by being educated elsewhere, nor do they compete for the same jobs as the indigenous population. The head of the brainstorming also referred to the ongoing problem of the Finnish immigration debate, in which asylum seekers and immigrants are constantly grouped into the same debate.
Eurostat figures show that newcomers with a low level of education are more likely to work than Finns.
"They need less social benefits than Finns of the same background," he explained and pointed out that Finnish refugees make up only 0.4 percent of the population.
Cash for the countryside
Finland is studying a student loan forgiveness program to attract young adults to the countryside, reports Helsingin sanomat newspaper.
People moving to rural areas would see their student debt shrink by ten percent annually. The proposal, which is strongly supported by the Agricultural Center, is based on a similar Norwegian program aimed at revitalizing the northernmost regions of the country.
HS states that 68 per cent of Finland is classified as sparsely populated rural areas.
The last days of summer
Finland will say goodbye to the summer this week.
Much of the country has summer-like conditions on Mondays and Tuesdays, but conditions turn into autumn after Tuesday, reports a Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet.
The cool wind will start flowing from the north on Wednesday, and the storm will wash over Finland on Friday.
"It is a very strong low pressure area that brings storm winds and heavy rains," Forecan meteorologist Kristian Roine told HBL and added that there were "there are no signs that the summer heat will return soon."
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Source: The Nordic Page