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Rise in Crimes in Finland blamed by Foreigners

Thursday, 31 March 2011
Finland is blaming the rising crimes wave in the country on foreigners. The reason for this is partly due to an increase in the number of foreigners in Finland, but the bigger reason is a more open European border regime.

The expansion of the Schengen area in particular has increased the number of crimes in which perpetrators spend only a few hours in Finland reports Finnish national broadcaster,  Yle
Every fifth crime in Helsinki is committed by foreigners. Estonians committed the most crimes of any national group, followed by Romanians, Russians and Somalis.
“A lot of Estonians work and live here, which is of course reflected in the figures,” says Detective Chief Inspector Juha Laaksonen of Helsinki Police to Yle.

After Estonians, crimes committed by Russians and Romanians are the most common. The number of crimes committed by Estonians and Romanians has multiplied many times in the last ten years. At the same time, the number of crimes committed by Russians has halved since the turn of the century.
Crimes committed by foreigners require police to co-operate with foreign agencies.
“We have close co-operation with the authorities and law enforcement agencies in Finland and in Estonia,” says Laaksonen.
By Scancomakr.se Team / Yle

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