In the past years, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (right) has held many discussions with the EU leaders about migration. In his opinion, those who come to Finland must adapt to the values embraced by Finnish society and to Finland’s laws and social norms. In the picture, Sipilä is discussing with Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, at Kesäranta in June 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

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.

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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.

“In Finland, an average of five sexual crimes are being committed against minors daily,” Sipilä said and continued, “I looked through the statistics. Even one is too much.”

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