Finland’s president is finally seeing the truth about refugees

Finland’s president is finally seeing the truth about refugees

Finland’s president has warned the migration crisis poses a serious threat to Western values and called for tougher rules to stop refugees entering Europe simply for a better life. Sauli Niinistö used his parliamentary address to criticise Geneva Conventions, saying they allowed too many people to claim asylum when they weren’t genuinely in need. ‘Migration is a serious problem,’ he said at the opening of the legislature’s Spring term yesterday. ‘Europe, Finland, the Western way of thinking and our values have all been challenged by it.’ Mr Niinisto, a former lawyer, said that while a few years ago European countries regarded their values as ‘unquestionable’ they were now fighting to preserve them. In comments reported by Yleisradio Oy, he added: ‘We must help those who are in distress or being persecuted. ‘At the moment, however, we cannot help those who are merely seeking a better life or feel that their circumstances and future are difficult in their home countries.’