Centre not supportive of banning dual citizens from senior military jobs

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The Centre Party is not prepared to support a proposal to prevent dual citizenship holders from advancing to senior military positions in Finland, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“There should be no categorical ban on all dual citizens. The Centre does, however, recognise the problem and is prepared to consider certain specifications,” he stated in his response to a ten-item survey on immigration-related issues conducted by YLE.

The public broadcasting company distributed the survey to the chairpersons of all political parties represented in the Finnish Parliament.

The question of whether dual citizens should be able to advance to senior military positions has recently caused friction between the three ruling parties. Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö (BR) has been a vocal advocate of the prohibition, whereas Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen (NCP) has announced he will not extend the prohibition to positions at the Finnish Border Guard.

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, told YLE that the prohibition cannot be categorical, emphasising that “also dual citizens must have the possibility to apply to military positions”.

“We’ll therefore need at least a special procedure. Conducting a security clearance to examine all ties to overseas is already requirement for military positions. The government is still considering the matter,” he said to the public broadcasting company.

The only two parties that are supportive of the notion of excluding all dual citizens from consideration for senior military positions are the Blue Reform and Finns Party, according to YLE

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