The high price of being too alike and not thinking outside the ethnic and national box

Some may correctly ask what is the price Finland pays today for its lack of cultural and ethnic diversity. Finding answers to this question would require some serious thinking outside our ethnic and national box. This question is an important one today for two reasons. Our population will see dramatic changes due to the graying of […] more…

Why do we consider Timo Soini to be “a good cop” if he brought all these “bad cops” to power?

Doesn’t Perussuomalaiset (PS) leader Timo Soini bear responsibility for giving people like Jussi Halla-aho, James Hirvisaari, Teuvo Hakkarainen, Olli Immonen and a very long list of others a platform to spread their hatred and intolerance?  Why does the media let Soini get off the hook so easily? Is Soini the culprit for anti-immigration sentiment and […] more…
Migrants’ Rights Network: Refusal to face the realities of migration opens the door to racism

Migrants’ Rights Network: Refusal to face the realities of migration opens the door to racism

Migrant Tales insight: This excellent piece by Don Flynn sounds very familar to what the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS) are doing in Finland to get people to vote for them in the MEP elections on May 25. PS chairman Timo Soini has spoken at Ukip gatherings on a number of occasions and are in many respects […] more…
Some migrants can be pretty racist, especially those who enjoyed ethnic privilege in their former homelands

Some migrants can be pretty racist, especially those who enjoyed ethnic privilege in their former homelands

I am at a gathering at the British Council in Helsinki hearing a talk in 2013 by Eva Biaudet, the Ombudsman for Minorities, on discrimination and prejudice in Finland. After the talk, one of the participants, a white Englishman, says: “You speak just like a [U.S.] American.” People who make such statements assume a lot […] more…
Selective hatred and racism know no master

Selective hatred and racism know no master

Migrant Tales has written on a number of occasions about how intolerance and discrimination are a direct threat to our society since such social ills eat away at our values and thereby undermine who we are. We have demonstrated how anti-immigration parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) use selective hatred to ensure their followers that they are […] more…
Police ask Romanian Roma “to leave” Tampere

Police ask Romanian Roma “to leave” Tampere

A group of Romania Roma were woken up by the police in the middle of the night as they slept in their cars in a semi-abandoned parking lot of a match factory in Tampere, reports Aamulehti. According to the Romanian Roma, the police asked them to leave Tampere, which is a clear breach of their right to […] more…
Passage of draft bill to prohibit real estate purchase by non-EU citizens would expose Finland’s xenophobia of Russians

Passage of draft bill to prohibit real estate purchase by non-EU citizens would expose Finland’s xenophobia of Russians

Politicians that fuel nationalism and intolerance forget to tell you one important fact: They carry a high price tag in the form of lower economic growth and less jobs. If passed, a draft bill spearheaded by Social Democrat (SDP) MP Suna Kymäläinen would not only hit businesses in eastern Finland that depend on Russian tourists, […] more…
Espoo city council votes against racism

Espoo city council votes against racism

Plans to rewrite the city of Espoo’s multicultural progam because the Perussuomalaiset (PS) because it stated that its city residents “don’t tolerate racism” got voted down 64-10, reports Länsiväylä.  Two PS councilmen, Simon Elo (left) and Teemu Lahtinen,  loathe Muslims and cultural diversity. Read full story (in Finnish) here. If one reads closely the position […] more…
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