QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Finnish media’s hidden racism

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“The fascination of the Finnish media for racist statements by politicians like Laura Huhtasaari is the real culprit behind the spread and normalization of racism in this country. If I had to give a grade to the Finnish media on how it handles stories about diversity and racism, I would give most of them a fail.”

Disagree? Just read all the racist things the media wrote about the Somalis who came to Finland in the early 1990s.

Finland’s media is not more balanced when reporting about stories on cultural diversity. That is a Halla-aho myth.

The Finnish media is more hostile than before. Politicians from mainstream parties like the National Coalition Party, Center Party, and all others contribute to the hostile environment against migrants and minorities in Finland.


Why is MTV so interested in what Laura Huhtasaari says when her minor party* is not in government and her comments are in the spirit of Hungary’s authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán? Source: MTV.

* After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity.  One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

To Finland from a Pakistani family: A second letter about hate crime*

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Migrant Tales (MT) insight: In mid-March, MT published a letter from a Pakistani family. The victim, the father of the family, was brutally attacked on February 23 by three white Finnish youths. The victim and his wife believe that what happened was a hate crime. The police disagree. According to the wife, the police called her the following day after the Pakistani migrant was attacked and stated that it was not a hate crime because “the suspects were intoxicated.” 

I met the family again at the end of last month at noon at the hospital. It was so lovely to see them together: the wife, baby, and their four-year-old daughter in the company of their father, who was recovering and in much better condition since the last time I saw him. 

Since I have two granddaughters, I started a conversation with the eldest daughter about what cartoons she likes to watch.  “PJ Masks and Benny and Holly!” she replied without hesitation.

I asked the wife and her husband, if they wished, to write a letter about how their lives had changed after February 23. 

Below is the letter that also includes their feelings about charging the three white Finnish youths of attempted murder

What was surprising in the police statement was that the charges had been changed from manslaughter to attempted murder. 

It will be interesting to see how they pin murder charges on the three youths. The only matter that was apparently stolen from the victim was his cellphone. 

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Dear Finland,

It is difficult to put into words how this event had changed my family’s life. Change is a small word to describe what happened.

The terrible incident that caused by husband to almost die after he was attacked by three youths has made us extremely uncertain about life and people. We moved to Finland from Pakistan so we could live in a secure country. We did not find security but the total opposite of it.

My [four-year-old] daughter asked me many times when my husband was in the hospital when her father will come home. She missed her father so much. She asked many times what had happened to her father. My daughter hears about the topic a lot when I speak on the phone. At the hospital she would burst into tears every time the nurses injected her father.

My husband feels better and returned to our new home. We moved out of our old apartment in Vantaa because it brought all of us terrible memories and we did not feel safe there.


The attackers used a knife, ax and pointed object to stab and hit the victim. When stabbing the calf muscle, the suspect did not remove the knife but slashed part of the leg in the process. Without getting into more detail, it took four hours to remove the victim’s stitches. The violence of the crime raises questions. Attempted murder? Hate crime? At least no longer manslaughter. Photo: Enrique Tessieri.
The bloodstains of the victim were on the snow 20 days after the attack. Source: Helsinki Times.

My husband said that if anyone has hate in his heart and consumes drugs and alcohol, “intoxication” should not be an excuse for committing a hate crime.

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Islamophobia is the fear that white Christian Europeans will lose power and privileges to minorities. Disagree? Ask a Muslim woman

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A French appeals court upheld this week a ruling that denied an Algerian woman citizenship because she refused to shake the hand of a French official, according to The Local. The woman cited “religious beliefs” for not shaking the official’s hand. The appeals court defended the decision not to grant citizenship because the woman, who is married to a French man since 2010, had “not assimilated into the French community.”

The most recent example of questionable “French assimilation” is not the only one that we could cite. Last year, a French court ordered a store in Paris run by a Muslim to close because it refused to sell pork and alcohol.

In 2010, France denied citizenship to a Moroccan woman because she wore a burqa. The court ruled that this was incompatible with French values because they came from the “radical” practice of Islam.

After the terrorist attacks of 2016, some cities in southern France banned the use of burkinis. Remember the picture of the Muslim women on the beach forced to take off her burkini by French police officials?

France passed a law in 2010 to ban face covering. This law targeted Muslim women who used the niqab or burqa in public spaces.

Below are some tweets from 2016 that highlight the absurdity of such bans.

One of the most prized values of our way of life in Europe, and which the court overruling of the Algerian woman’s appeal exposes as hypocritical, is that European nationalism, deeply embedded in the exploitation of minorities here and abroad through colonization, continues to be the rule.

The crimes committed by Europe in the exploitation, genocide, slave trade and post-colonial world are so grave that Europe has to fear what will happen if a day of reckoning will dawn on us.

I once asked Swedish MP Malcolm Momodou Jallow his definition of Afrophobia.

“It is the fear of the white majority losing its p0wer and privileges to blacks,” he said.

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Three white Finnish youths who attacked brutally a Pakistani migrant are charged with attempted murder, not a hate crime

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After the brutal attack on a Pakistani migrant in Vantaa on February 23, the police investigating the case has deemed that what happened is not a hate crime but attempted murder, according to a police statement. The victim and his wife were adamant about the motive of the crime, which they considered racially motivated. 

The police raised the charges from suspected manslaughter originally to attempted murder.

If the wife of the victim is to be believed, the fastest conclusion that the police made on the following day after the attack was that what happened was not a racist crime. They claimed that it could not racially motivated because the three white Finnish suspects were intoxicated.

If you ask some members of the nursing staff at the hospital where the Pakistani was treated, they will tell you that they have never seen such a case of brutal violence in their careers.

Without getting into detail, it took four hours to remove the victim’s stitches.

The lack of understanding in the area of ethnic relations to the plight of a visible migrant has overshadowed this case by the police and social workers. Even if the victim’s wife asked such officials repeatedly, the blood stains of her husband were visible on the ground outside of their home for 20 days after the attack.

This is an ongoing story that will be covered during the weekend.

 


Read the original statement here.

France overturns again transferring asylum seekers to Finland for fear that they will be deported and put in harm’s way

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France has done it again and put Finland’s draconian asylum policy into the light of day for what it is: inhumane and politically guided.The Administrative Court of Appeal of Lyon has upheld a decision against transferring an Afghan family to Finland for fear that they could be deported to Afghanistan. 

The decision followed a similar one in January when a similar administrative court in France upheld a ruling against transferring an Iraqi asylum seeker back to Finland for fear that he could end up deported and sent to Iraq.

Writes the European Database of Asylum Law about the decision by the Administrative Court of Appeal of Lyon:

“However, it upheld the lower court’s understanding that there is, in Kabul, a situation of indiscriminate violence as a result of the internal armed conflict in Afghanistan. Therefore, by not deciding to take responsibility for the asylum application and ordering the transfer of the applicants to Finland, where they could then be returned to Afghanistan, the transfer decision was unlawful and had to be quashed.”

The asylum policies of the Finnish Immigration Service are so extreme that they are turning against Migri and the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.

We saw something similar in the early 1980s, when the head of the Aliens Office,  Eilä Kännö’s arbitrary and hardline policies against migrants backfired and forced her to retire.

Migri considers parts of Afghanistan and Iraq to be safe to deport asylum seekers.


Read the full statement here.

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Another case of an Iraqi asylum seeker married to a Finn with a five-month child who may face deportation

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Just like Abdul, the Iraqi asylum seeker who is married to a Finnish woman expecting their child in September, Ibrahim* is the latest case of another asylum seeker denied a Finnish residence permit by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). The Iraqi asylum and his Finnish wife Inna have a five-month-old child.  

It took a year of waiting for Ibrahim to get his residence permit rejected in January by Migri when his wife applied for family reunification.

“We have appealed to the administrative court the rejection which is unfair,” said Ibrahim’s wife Inna*.

Other legal matters concerning Ibrahim’s residence have fueled uncertainty for the family. One of these, are seven appeals to overturn Ibrahim’s deportation orders from Finland after being rejected twice for asylum by Migri.


Migri has the power to ask you anything they even if their questions are humiliating like, question #48, “You[r] spouse is pregnant. Who is the father of the child?” What about this one, question #41: “Will your spouse turn into a Muslim” or  question #40, “How do you feel about your spouse’s religion?”

Inna stated that she worries and fears near-constantly that the Finnish police may come any day and deport her husband back to Iraq.

“We live on the fifth floor,” she said, “sometimes when I hear the elevator or people knocking at our door, I fear that it may be the police that has come to deport my husband. We thought it would be a good idea if Ibrahim would attend swimming classes with our newborn but we decided against it because of fears that the police may apprehend and deport him.”

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خدمة الهجرة الفنلندية :”من الممكن أن ينمو ابن زوجتك الذيلم يولد بعد بدونك ؛ هل الطفل سوف يصبح مسلم؟

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Finnish Immigration Service: “Your wife’s unborn child can grow up without you; is the child going to be raised a Muslim?” PART II

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Migrant Tales will publish the decision to reject Abdul a residence permit on family grounds. His wife, a Finn, is expecting their child that will be born in September. 

Below is the decision by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) to reject Abul’s residence permit on family grounds.

Unofficial translation: “The applicant and family reunification sponsor started to live as a family during a period when there were uncertainties about the applicant’s residence permit in Finland. They must have understood that living as a family in Finland could not be a possibility.

The wellbeing of the applicant’s and family reunification sponsor’s unborn child does not require granting a residence permit to the applicant. The applicant has with his own actions tried to bypass rules about entering [Finland]. The child can live in the future in Finland with the family reunification sponsor.”

Forming a family is a human right as stipulated in Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

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