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Anti-racism campaigners slam Finnish colour-coded ID cards

BRUSSELS – European anti-racism campaigners have criticised moves by Finnish authorities to colour-code the country’s ID cards, with bright blue cards for native-born citizens and brown cards for all foreign nationals, calling the new scheme “legalised ethnic profiling”.

The scheme, to go into effect from 1 June, aims to make it easier for border guards and police to distinguish individuals. Colour-coding existed previously, with the two cards a light blue and light pink respectively, but, according to the National Police, it was not easy for authorities to make the distinction. Minors are also now to be given purple ID cards.

While the blue cards used by adult Finns can also be employed as a travel document throughout the EU and Nordic countries instead of a passport, the brown, foreigner card may not.

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