Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Minister clarifies remarks: what I really meant was I just don't like immigrants

Finnish Foreign Trade and Development Minister Paavo Väyrynen (Centre Party) was criticized over the weekend for commenting that it would be better to off-shore jobs from Finland than to have immigrants come to Finland to do those jobs. Plenty of people piped up to tell him he was living in the past and the Finnish economy couldn't work like that. So on Monday Väyrynen modified his position, he didn't really want to see Finnish jobs go abroad; rather, as Helsingin Sanomat puts it:
Väyrynen sought to clarify his comments, noting that he does not oppose labour-based immigration as such, but he does not favour widespread immigration.
Thanks Paavo, now us immigrants in Finland clearly understand exactly where you are coming from.

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