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Internal security report in preparation
Juho Saari to investigate the security of marginalised groups in Finland

Ministry of the Interior
Publication date 8.5.2020 11.32 | Published in English on 8.5.2020 at 13.48
Press release 43/2020

The Ministry of the Interior has appointed a rapporteur to produce policy recommendations aiming to prevent the increase in inequality and insecurity in society caused by the coronavirus epidemic. The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tampere, Professor Juho Saari, has been invited to the position.

The first phase of the work will examine how to prepare for the post-crisis period from the point of view of internal security and how to prevent any increase in inequality and insecurity. The second part will strengthen the analysis conducted in the first phase and will produce information on the status and role of marginalised groups to support the preparation of the Government’s internal security report.

The first-stage policy recommendations should be completed by 5 June and the final report should be ready by 30 November 2020. Internal security rapporteur Juho Saari will also provide expert support to the Ministry of the Interior in matters related to the implementation and interpretation of his report until 31 December 2020.

“The COVID-19 crisis has touched us all, but not in the same way. We must pay particular attention to the most vulnerable people in society and find ways in which the administrative branch of the Ministry of the Interior can contribute to preventing and reducing inequality, insecurity and the growing sense of insecurity,” says Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo.

The assignment is based on the Government Programme.

Prime Minister Marin's Government Programme Inclusive and Competent Finland – a Socially, Economically and Ecologically Sustainable Society” and the Government Action Plan decided to draw up a comprehensive, cross-sectoral internal security report by the end of 2021. The Ministry of the Interior has appointed a secretariat to prepare the report, chaired by Harri Martikainen, the Ministry’s Director of Strategic Steering and Development. Juho Saari’s assignment is part of the preparation of the internal security report.

Harri Martikainen, Director of Strategic Steering and Development, tel. +358 295 488 512, Ministry of the Interior
Professor Juho Saari, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, tel. +358 40 828 1027, University of Tampere