Suomi ja inkerinsuomalaiset – etnisyys velvoittaa?

Finland and Ingrian Finns – does ethnicity oblige?

The Ingrian Finns make a special case in Finnish immigration policy. Since 1990 they have been allowed to move to Finland as "remigrants". In this article the rhetorical justifications for and the historical background of this policy are examined. The crucial arguments for the policy are the Finnishness of the Ingrians, understood as an ethnic quality, and a so called "debt of honour", which refers to the returning of the Ingrians who had been evacuated to Finland in 1943–44, to Sovjet Union according to its request after the war. It is suggested by the writer that the policy Finland is carrying out could be called "homeland nationalism", as defined by Rogers Brubaker.

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