OULU – On Saturday evening in Oulu, the government and the heads of the city held a meeting with a serious tone.
The topic was grim: nine different cases of sexual crimes conducted by 16 foreign men, aged mostly between 20-30, of which at least eight have arrived in Finland as asylum seekers; some are quota refugees and some have obtained Finnish citizenship.
The victims are underage girls. The youngest, apparently, only 12.
After discussing with the city’s leadership, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila were ready to brief the media.
Minister Mykkänen stressed that the perpetrators need to be held responsible. According to him, refugees arriving in Finland must be told—and they need to understand—that in Finland physical integrity is the standard. Basic value. Any violations will lead to convictions.
However, Prime Minister Sipilä said that the number of the recent sexual crimes is not exceptional in Finland.
“We are not talking about an exceptional number here,” Sipilä said.