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Shifting Policy Aims in the Reformed Finnish and Swedish Integration Legislation

ByPaul Van Aerschot

This chapter reports on recent research findings regarding the exploitation of migrant labour in Finland and on problems of control relating to the phenomenon. It presents description of how the exploitation of migrant workers is defined as a crime in Finnish law, followed by an overview of the number of such crime titles handled by the criminal justice system. The chapter discusses how and why the exploitation of migrant labour is excluded from mainstream criminal justice discourses and enforcement. Moreover, there are some observations on how the exploitation of migrant workers in Finland takes place in the context of the ideological and political framework of the labour market and immigration policy. The role of the police in the process of criminalizing the exploitation of migrant labour is important in a practical sense, since after all, the police are or are supposed to be the key agency involved in the prevention and detection of crime.