Speaker of the Parliament Paula Risikko (NCP) believes it should be possible to revoke the residence permits of people who are deemed to pose a national security threat in Finland. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

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SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT Paula Risikko (NCP) has said she is prepared to amend the legislation to make it easier to deport people who have committed crimes after receiving a residence permit in Finland.

“If someone is a national threat, it should be possible to revoke their residence permit,” she stated on YLE Ykkösaamu on Saturday.

Risikko estimated that the amendments are necessary because revoking a residence permit is currently very difficult. She also drew attention to reports that a group of men of immigrant backgrounds are suspected of repeatedly raping and sexually abusing underage girls in Oulu, North Ostrobothnia.

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“Crimes are always shocking, but when they’re committed against children and minors they shock the entire Finland. But you have to remember that there are punishments for these. That must be made known to those who want to get to Finland. We’ll deliver punishments for these kinds of crimes and, if necessary, send you back to your home country,” she said.

“In Finland, we play by Finnish laws.”

She added that it is also obvious that vulnerable people must be helped.

“But unfortunately this system – and Finland is not an exception – provides an opportunity for misusing the system. We must have the possibility to revoke a decision to grant a residence permit. It should even be possible to revoke permanent residence permits,” said Risikko.

She specified later that she believes it should be possible to revoke residence permits on grounds of a threat to national security. Currently, a Finnish residence permit can be revoked on grounds of a criminal conviction.

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has previously floated the possibility of stripping people convicted of aggravated sex crimes of Finnish citizenship.

“It wouldn’t go against my sense of justice if it was possible to strip citizenship from people [convicted of aggravated sex crimes],” he commented to Uusi Suomi in December.

The issue has been subject to public debate after it was reported that 10 people have been detained on suspicion of involvement in several serious sex crimes Oulu. One of the suspects was arrested on an international arrest warrant in Saarbrücken, Germany, on 2 January. He is to be extradited to Finland by late January, according to a press release from the Oulu Police Department.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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