Finland, Incubator of Terrorism? What is the real mission of three strangers caught in Karelia?

Editor’s note:  Once again we are happy to have a guest post from reader ‘Pungentpeppers’ (It might spoil me and make me wish I had a whole flock of researchers, writers and interns at my disposal!).  Honestly, the subject is becoming so large that we couldn’t get it all covered with a dozen writers and researchers.

Finland, Incubator of Terrorism? Are these three strangers involved?

Karelia is a long fought-over region between Russia and Finland.

Finland is known for natural wonders. In the northern wintry darkness, amid the reindeer of Lapland’s tundra, visitors can experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis. In the east, along a border shared with Russia, the frozen beauty of Narnia awes winter travelers to Finland’s rustic region of Karelia, frozen solid this time of year.

Finland is also known as a leader in technology innovation and incubation. Perhaps you have a Nokia phone or tablet. Maybe your kids are addicted to Angry Birds. Yes, they were hatched in Finland!

But did you know that Finland ranks first, by percent of population, among nations in sending jihadi fighters to Syria?

It also has a sizable number of Somali Al Shabab supporters. Clearly, Finland is a hatchery for some angry non-bird types.

Late last summer, just as Finland was learning about its ranking on the Syrian jihadi fighter scale, two Finnish MPs from different parties joined together in calling for a change in policy that would give preference to Christian refugees. Finns Party MP Ari Jalonen and Christian Democrat MP Sauli Ahvenjärvi say that Christian refugees would reduce the probability of Finnish residents being recruited to fight in conflicts overseas.

”We have to look at the big picture. As a Christian, it’s easier to come to Finland. It’s easier for those who belong to some other faith [Muslim] to go to some other country where it would be easier for them to settle and live,” Jalonen added.

Both men said that in the case of Syria, they would advocate accepting mainly Christian refugees.

”Christians are one of the most persecuted minorities in Syria. There are good grounds for taking them in,” Ahvenjärvi explained.

[Readers may remember that Canada drew the ire of international ‘humanitarians’ and the UN for proposing that they might only take religious minority refugees from the Middle East—-ed]

Mystery men arrive in Finland

Karelia is especially pretty in winter! Maybe that is what the mystery men were doing crossing into Finland—admiring the scenery. Photo:

Regarding Syria, three mysterious men who claim they are from that country arrived in Finland this week under very strange circumstances. Finnish border guard officials confirmed that the three men illegally crossed Finland’s eastern border in Kangasjärvi, Kitee – in frozen Karelia – late Monday night. They were caught after they stopped at a guest house seeking help for one of them who had frostbite. The men said they started hiking on Sunday and that the temperature was -25° Celsius (-13°F) when they reached Finland.

The men said that they intended to claim asylum once they reached Finland, claiming that they were fleeing the conflict in their native Syria.

North Karelia border guard officials will conduct an initial investigation into the case while eastern Finland police are to look into the asylum request.

The trio are currently being detained at the eastern Finland police facility, after which they will be transferred to a refugee reception centre.

See the story here.

How did these mysterious men arrive in eastern Karelia? Who dropped them off? Russians or some other foreign government? Where are they really from and what is their real mission? Do they intend to target activists who are hiding in Finland – or Finnish technology? Police need to look at this potentially dangerous trio very carefully.

If you are puzzled by how Finland became an incubator of terrorism, it was through immigration.

Historically, Finland had very few Muslims. In the 1990s, however, Muslim refugees from areas of conflict started arriving in large numbers. “By 2006, Finland had a Muslim population of approximately 40-45,000, and in 2011 it was estimated to be 50-60,000, 90% of whom were Somalis, Arabs, Kurds, Albanians, Turks, Persians, and Bosniaks.” (to read more, see Juha Saarinen’s piece in Jihadology)

Asylum seekers from predominantly Islamic countries are continuing to arrive in Finland.  According to the Helsinki Times, in 2013, Iraqis were the largest nationality, with Somalis coming second. However, there may be a shift towards more Syrians: 135 Syrian refugees sought asylum in Finland between January and November of this year. But how many arrived mysteriously after crossing over frozen lakes and rivers on foot?!

This post has been archived in our ‘Invasion of Europe’ series, here.

Amarillo, TX: Unbelievably frank description of a refugee overloaded city, and how it got that way

In this opinion piece by Nancy Koons, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, we learn some very important truths about the Refugee Resettlement Program of the US State Department/the UN and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

We have reported previously here, here and here about Amarillo, TX as a “pocket of resistance.”

Here is what I learned (re-learned!):

1) Meatpackers have indeed driven the program.

2) The contractors are in competition with each other for warm bodies to resettle (no matter what problems a city government might be having). Is it because they are paid by the head?

3) The US State Department is ignoring the city’s concerns and even as Catholic Charities asked for a reduction in number, the State Dept. sent more refugees to the same city.  Is this arrogance or incompetence?

4) A community’s educational system is one of the first to suffer when refugee overload occurs.

5) Once yours has become a “welcoming” city more contractors will come.

And finally, I learned that there are some people inside the system willing to be brave and speak the truth!  Nancy Koons is one of them.

From the Amarillo Globe News (emphasis below is mine):

Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, formerly Catholic Family Service Inc., has provided social services in the Texas Panhandle since 1932, including a refugee resettlement program that began in the mid-1970s, following the fall of Saigon.

The refugee program was in response to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which, with other national organizations, assisted the U.S. State Department with resettlement nationwide.  With the goal of helping refugees achieve self-sufficiency, one consideration for establishment of a resettlement site was availability of employment. The meat-packing industry became a primary source.   [Not ‘assisted’ as in out of the goodness of their hearts, they are paid contractors.—ed]

Presently, USCCB is one of nine volunteer agencies (volags) at the national level that facilitates refugee resettlement. Until 2007-2008, USCCB was the only volunteer agency (volag) that facilitated resettlement in Amarillo, doing so through CFS.

In 2007-08, two more national volags began facilitating resettlement in Amarillo — Lutheran Immigration Services and Church World Services (membership includes Methodist, First Christian Church, Presbyterian, Church of Christ and Episcopalian churches). These two additional volags facilitate refugee resettlement through Refugee Services of Texas, Amarillo office.

Resettlement peaked in 2010 when CFS resettled 448 individuals and RST-Amarillo resettled 251 individuals. In total, 699 refugees were resettled in Amarillo in 2010. Refugees also came to Amarillo from other areas of the country, having already resettled through agencies in other cities. This is referred to as secondary migration, and is largely employment motivated. Not all secondary cases check in with a local resettlement agency. In 2010, however, 276 secondary case refugees came to CFS for assistance.

In August 2011, I began in my role as executive eirector at CFS. Residing out of the Amarillo area for six years, I was unaware of the dramatic increase in refugee resettlement, languages and cultures, and consequently the impact on the community — particularly the schools.

It wasn’t long before I heard from numerous concerned residents and staff from the Amarillo Independent School District. It was clear that the increasing rate of resettlement needed to slow down significantly to allow the community to catch up with challenges brought about by dramatic demographic changes. I invited officials from USCCB in Washington D.C., and the state refugee coordinator from Austin to meet with representatives from AISD to hear their challenges. At this meeting, AISD representatives graciously articulated extraordinary challenges in the schools. They begged USCCB and the state refugee coordinator to slow down the rate of resettlement to give AISD and the community the opportunity to “catch up,” and enable them to better serve all of the student population.

At CFS, I immediately reduced our projected arrivals for fiscal year 2012 by 50 percent, the projection of 400 was reduced to 200. RST-Amarillo had projected 200 arrivals for fiscal year 2012.

I learned soon after that our agency’s reduction was picked up by RST-Amarillo — they increased their projected 2012 arrivals to 400. Unfortunately, the community did not experience the reduction we had intended. In the following months, the local director of RST-Amarillo said he was unaware of problems at the schools. To his defense, complaints came to CFS because the community was, and still is, largely unaware of a second resettlement agency in Amarillo.

In July 2012, I shared this information with Mayor Paul Harpole. Dialogue continues on the local and national levels to address critical refugee issues in our community. Compared to fiscal year 2010, Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle anticipates 160 arrivals, a 64 percent reduction from 2010. RST-Amarillo anticipates 282 arrivals, a 12 percent increase from 2010.

There is a bit more where Koons talks about her faith and ‘welcoming the stranger,’ but in all honesty she and others can do that without taking money from the US Treasury—from their fellow citizens’ wallets to be precise!   The Bible never directed Christians to steal from others to make themselves feel better and more charitable.

Happy New Year! Refugee Resettlement Watch annual roundup—best year yet!

I can hardly believe it!  In mid-2015 Refugee Resettlement Watch will turn eight years old and interest in the subject is growing exponentially.  Thanks to all of you who visit every day for making this our best year ever in terms of the number of readers!

We’ve posted a lot too—964 posts—which brings our total number of posts since 2007 to 6,185.  WordPress sends a year-end review and noted that our longest posting streak (without missing a day) was January 1-March 11, 2014.

Recently I am happy to report, as I did a few days ago, that interest is growing in the posts on where to find information about what is happening in your US cities.  Of course, the next step is taking your interest and developing strategies to get active politically!  I have some ideas I hope to share with people as I take advantage of opportunities to speak publicly.  Coming soon!

October 2014 was our best month ever.  As I said, by far 2014 has been our best year ever as the number of visitors almost doubled from January 2014 to December 2014.

These are the posts that received the most views in 2014.  (Our fact sheet, here, was the most visited and shared link by a huge margin, but technically it is considered a page rather than a post.)

Top ten countries from which visitors arrived at RRW (in descending order and not including the US).  WordPress tells us that we had visitors from 208 countries!






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And, coming in at number 11 is tiny Malta, which we write about frequently, as it takes the brunt of the invasion of Europe (and because the US State Department is scooping up its illegal aliens to bring to your US city)!

You can visit our blogging category (especially if you are a new reader) where in previous weekly updates we give you information on how to find what you are looking for here at RRW (among our 6,000 plus posts).

2015 Appeal!

Please find your niche and communicate your concerns, your research, your ideas through a blog of your own (I can’t post everything every one sends me, heck, I can’t even read everything, even on this one narrow issue!), or communicate through other forms of social media. Write letters to the editor in an effort to get out of your own circle of like-minded people.   As long as we still have freedom of speech please, please use it.   Sorry to be so blunt, but don’t be lazy and don’t be scared!

If your talent isn’t researching and writing….

Get involved politically, especially on a local level.  When you have an opportunity, bend the ear of your Washington representatives, but, for goodness sakes, when your local mayor speaks up about how your community can’t manage the numbers of needy refugees and immigrants arriving in your town—defend the mayor!  Form (or join) a local grassroots group!  Run for local office!

This week Daniel Pipes wrote about Sweden’s suicide by immigration.  We are on the same track, it will just take us a little longer to get to the breaking point.

Don’t dismiss that European immigration crisis as ‘over there.’  It is here too!  Again, even if your time is limited, please find your little piece of the battle to save America and work on it every day—just for an hour if that is all you have.

And with that…Happy New Year (and get to work)!