Finland's populist party wants citizenship as factor for social security

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Finland's populist party wants citizenship as factor for social security

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HELSINKI, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Finnish Blue Reform party, a populist party in the current ruling coalition, on Tuesday proposed that Finnish citizens should be getting a better social security than residents who have a foreign passport.

The demand is part of the party's new immigration policy program.

The current social security system in Finland is based on residency and citizenship has not played a role at all.

A non-EU person gets Finnish social security if he or she has a Finnish residence permit, even one for a temporary nature.

EU citizens get Finnish health care with the EU health card and full Finnish security, if they choose to live and work in Finland.

The Blue Reform is a breakaway group from the Finns Party, a populist and nationalist-oriented Finnish political party. The Blue Reform's popularity in current polls is around 1 percent, while the Finns Party is at the 10 percent level.

Source: Google News Finland | Netizen 24 Finland

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