According to the latest Gallup poll, majority of Finnish people links immigration to the increasing occurrences of sexual offenses.
65 percent of respondents polled by Finland’s largest daily, Helsingin Sanomat believe that the rise in sex crimes the past few years is related to the rise in immigration.
The respondents share the opinion that cultural differences in combination with religious beliefs have resulted in the rising incidence of sex-related crimes in Finland.
In the northern Finnish town of Oulu, there are several migrants being investigated for sex crimes involving young girls. At the year’s onset, similar cases have been reported in Finland’s capital, Helsinki.
The Finnish daily conducted the survey ahead of the general election. After the incidents in Oulu, sex crimes linked to migrants have become a major campaign issue which has caused division among Finnish people.
Majority of the patriotic Finns Party’s voters believe that cultural bias is the single most important reason for the spike in sexual offences, while left-wing voters tend to downplay ethnicity.
Leftists claim that native Finns are also guilty of the sex crimes and only a few consider culture and religion as contributing factors in the increasing number of gangs.
Two parties – the Finns and the Blue Reform are in favor of restricting immigration for Muslim countries.
Finns leader Jussi Halla-aho said the sex attacks can be attributed to immigration from “backward Islamic countries” where attitude toward women and underage girls greatly differs from Finland’s.
For his part, Blue Reform leader, Sampo Terho called migrants’ over-representation in sex crimes a threat to security.
According to Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen Finland’s current centre-right government is open to the idea of withdrawing migrant rapists’ Finnish citizenship.
Back in 2015, Olli Immonen, a Finnish MP of the Finns party, stirred the nation when he published a provocative update on his Facebook page as well as on the Facebook page of Suomen Sisu.
Immonen stated, he was dreaming of a “strong and brave nation that overwhelms a nightmare called multiculturalism”.
After the recent events, Immonen tweeted: “I would like to believe that it is still time for the key players in an irresponsible immigration policy to be held responsible for the damage they cause to Finnish society.”