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Iskut vastaanottokeskuksiin Suomessa syksyllä 2015 : terrorismia vai tihutöitä? (2021)
Attacks on refugee reception centres in Finland autumn 2015 : terrorism or vandalism?

Kotonen, T., & Kovalainen, H. (2021). Iskut vastaanottokeskuksiin Suomessa syksyllä 2015 : terrorismia vai tihutöitä?. Kosmopolis, 51(1), 72-87.

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All authors or editors: Kotonen, Tommi; Kovalainen, Heikki

Journal or series: Kosmopolis

ISSN: 1236-1372

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 51

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 72-87

Publisher: Suomen rauhantutkimusyhdistys ry

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access: Delayed open access channel

Additional information: Artikkeli avautuu kustantajan palvelussa (Doria) 12 kk ilmestymisen jälkeen.


This article examines the attacks on reception centres and asylum seekers in Finland in autumn 2015. Were they political violence or even terrorism, or just individual hate-cries? We analyse attacks on a case-by-case basis using a variety of sources, particularly police pre-trial reports, statistics, and media coverage. We treat attacks as a pan-European phenomenon, focusing in particular on 20 serious attacks in Finland. By serious attacks, we refer to cases in which flammable or explosive substances have been used or in which asylum seekers have been endangered.

Keywords: extremist movements; far right; political violence; asylum seekers; immigration; terrorism; hate crimes; refugee reception centres

Free keywords: righ wing movements; extremist movements; refugees; immigration; asylum seekers; refugee reception centres; political violence; hate crimes; terrorism

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 1

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