Soini: Finland could learn from Norway how to communicate to prospective asylum seekers

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS) was pictured visiting the Tornio Reception Centre in Lapland on 24 January, 2016.

Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has urged Finland to follow in the footsteps of Norway and launch social media campaigns directed at prospective asylum seekers.

Soini estimates in an interview with Lännen Media that it is important to communicate to Russia and other countries of origin of asylum seekers that it is not worthwhile travelling to Finland due to the risk of forced return.

He points out that the campaigns introduced by Norway have hit their target and gotten the message through to prospective asylum seekers. “Efficient communications are key. On social media, you'll find out quickly whether you've succeeded or failed in getting the message through,” Soini tells Lännen Media.

He also estimates that the recent spike in asylum applications from Russia is attributable to the depreciation of the rouble and the plunge in crude oil prices.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi