A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
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 editorsKotonen, Tommi; Kovalainen, Heikki

Journal or seriesKosmopolis


Publication year2021


Issue number1

Pages range72-87

PublisherSuomen rauhantutkimusyhdistys ry

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open accessDelayed open access channel

Additional informationArtikkeli 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.

Keywordsextremist movementsfar rightpolitical violenceasylum seekersimmigrationterrorismhate crimesrefugee reception centres

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

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating1

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