Christian refugees coming to Finland should be given first preference over Muslims, according to Christian Democratic Party Chair Päivi Räsänen.
In a recent interview with Finnish university student magazine "Ylioppilaslehti", Räsänen reasons that Christians adapt to Finland better than Muslims because of commonalities in religion and culture. Muslims are at greater risk of becoming isolated in Finnish society. This can lead to radicalisation, Räsänen says.
Bishop of Espoo Mikko Heikka of the Evangelical Lutehran Church of Finland rejected Räsänen's comments and said the Church extends its protection to all who need it, regardless of faith.