Zaki Husseini returns to Finland after being deported and staying 47 days in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Zaki Husseini, 19, became the first asylum seeker that came in 2015 to return to Finland after being deported. He got in touch with Migrant Tales  a day after he was deported to Kabul. Thanks to Hussain Kazemian, we were able to get a glimpse of his ordeal and bad luck. A day after he was forced to return to Afghanistan on July 4 with 11 other asylum seekers, the supreme district court ruled against his deportation. 

Below is the interview Kazemian did of Husseini on July 4:


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Contrary to those grim days in Kabul, Husseini not only returned to his new home country but got a work permit.

“I am glad to come back to Finland again,” he said.  “I spoke Finnish at Finnish Embassy of Kabul and mentioned to them my life, friends, job and education I had in Finland. I knew and believed that I’d return back to Finland.” 

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Facebook Carmen Pekkarinen: Burning questions about Turku

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Migrant Tales insight: Carmen Pekkarinen raises some important questions. One of these is what is defined as terrorism. What are the media, the police, and politicians telling us when they constantly publish the suspect’s name and his nationality? Are they telling us that all Muslims are terrorists? White Finns have killed indiscriminately in Finland but they are not called terrorists. Is it because they are white Finns?


 

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This Facebook post was published with permission. 

The words and silence of politicians have dire consequences in Finland for us

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After the stabbing of ten people in Turku on Friday, politicians like President Sauli Niinistö, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Interior Minister Paula Risikko and the national media appear to be carried away by their prejudices and hostility towards asylum seekers. Even Jussi Halla-aho, the chairman of the Perussuomalaiset* convicted for hate speech, threw his hat in the ring.  

These politicians, like many others, are the ones who speak to us about mutual respect and social equality but despite such assurances, they are not meant for migrants and minorities. They loathe our social welfare system and the noble values so much that they intend to destroy them. On their list of suspicious people are not only those who are different from them but the most vulnerable sectors of society like the unemployed, single mothers and others.

They tell us that there is no connection between what happened in Turku and plans to fast-track a new intelligence law and ever-tougher stances against asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, migrants, and minorities.

We know that there is a connection and if we don’t watch out, they will sell out everything great and noble about Finland that took decades to build.


Read the full story (in Swedish) here.

After Friday’s tragic events in Turku, we have seen a spike in hostility against non-white Finns throughout the country. Business establishments were attacked as well as innocent people whose only “crime” is being Other. One of these was a young man told to remove himself from a seat, and another was stabbed in Vantaa after being asked if he was a Muslim.

These cases are, like hate crimes, only the tip of the iceberg.

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The Finnish Security Intelligence Service’s epic failure in reacting to a terrorist threat in Turku

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In a country like Finland, where the police are demigods, the epic failure of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) in not reacting soon enough to the terrorist attack in Turku stands out like a sore thumb. Supo had received a tip in early 2017 from the police about the suspect Abderrahman Mechkah’s radicalized and extremist views, according to YLE News

If President Sauli Niinistö and the government want to speak of the “two extremes,” or tolkun ihmiset,  Meckhkah offers us an example of the other extreme. Now we have a terrorist on one end and neo-Nazi Eppu Tornianen, who killed a young man in the fall with a massive kick in the chest, Finland First, MV, Vastarintaliike, Perussuomalaiset*, and others.

If there is one matter that the terrorist attack in Turku did on Friday was smash alas to pieces the tolkun ihmiset nonsense used to silence and control debate on our ever-growing cultural and ethnic diversity. Furthermore, as in Charlottesville and in Turku, empty promises of social equality, tolerance and “pro-inclusive” integration pledges will no longer work because they never have.

Finland needs concrete deeds and a paradigm policy shift that it is serious about being a welcoming society that promotes social equality for everyone who lives here irrespective of their background. Finland is an ever-growing culturally and ethnically diverse society, period.


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Suggesting and labeling people who speak out against racism and defend our Nordic values as extremists reveal that Finland is still in deep denial about its racism and discrimination issues.

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Ilari Kaila & Tuomas Kaila: Finland, we hardly knew

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Migrant Tales insight: The op-ed piece below gives another view of Finland that appears to always be the best, the happiest, the most successful in everything. All of this is happening, as the authors, Ilari Kaila and Tuomas Kaila correctly point out how the Finnish welfare state is being eroded with the rise of the far right.

The op-ed piece was published in Jacobin Magazine.


The Finnish welfare state is being eroded, and the far right has gained momentum. As the country turns one hundred, what’s happened to Finland?

You’ve got to hand it to Finland: in its centennial year, the country enjoys “strong brand recognition” and “positive brand sentiment” — to use the kind of corporate-speak that’s in vogue with much of Finland’s contemporary political class.

Judging by the international news stories circulating on social media, our native country is a veritable Shangri-La. Its citizens are ecstatically happy — perhaps because we are a mysterious people “of quiet strength and pride,” or because we’ve uncovered the “Secret to Success With Schools, Moms, Kids . . .and Everything.” Finns aren’t just technologically but socially innovativeEveryone is taken care offrom the cradle to the grave, by a friendly Santa Claus stateeven as we speak, Finland is pushing the boundaries of its already stellar public education and social welfare systems. The country is welcoming and egalitarian, with free health care for all and high speeding tickets for millionaires. It’s inclusive and progressive; last in corruption, number one in homoerotic postage stamps.

But here’s a more urgent story you aren’t likely to see: much of what once made Finland an exceptional place to live is being systematically dismantled. Finland should not be held up as a beacon of equality and progress. All the media hype and myths notwithstanding, there is no secret Nordic formula for social justice. The famed Finnish welfare state, while still much more generous than the US’s, mirrors the trajectory of other industrialized nations, from its advancement after World War II to its current erosion. And with the curtailment of the welfare state, political space is opening up for the far right.

So how did we get here?


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The Rise and Fall of a Nordic Welfare State

On New Year’s Eve 1917, a Finnish delegation, seeking an audience with Russia’s new Bolshevik leadership, waited patiently in the ice-cold lobby of the Council of People’s Commissars in St Petersburg. The place was brimming with people: chain-smoking commissars, civil servants, typists, sailors, Red Army officers.

Shortly before midnight, the fur-coat-clad Finns were presented with a letter: their appeal for independence had been granted. Nominally, it was just a proposal addressed to the Central Executive Committee; in practice, it was an order, bearing the signatures of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin.

Lenin was reluctant to go and shake hands with the overjoyed delegation. “What,” he said, “am I supposed to say to those bourgeois?” Trotsky, too, refused to do the honors, joking: “I wouldn’t mind having the lot of them arrested.”

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As Finland heals from Friday it must address homegrown extremism and violence against migrants and minorities

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Today more than ever Finland needs leadership to heal from what happened on Friday but also condemn openly all forms of violence in this country. The greatest fear that some migrants and minorities have n Finland after the terrorist attack in Turku are reprisals against Muslims and migrants.

We already saw three business establishments run by foreigners being attacked over the weekend. In one of them, there is a man giving a Nazi salute from the shattered window. A business establishment selling Arabic pastries and a barbershop in Helsinki were attacked as well.

Instead of just speaking about terrorism, politicians must show leadership and condemn as well all forms of violence, especially against the migrant community that is as grieved as the rest of the country after the terrorist attack.

The fear that some migrants and minorities feel in Finland is very real.

“What scares me the most is that Turku will be a platform for Islamophobic groups [in Finland and elsewhere],” said Roxana Crisólogo Correa Saturday, a Peruvian poet who has lived a number of years in Finland. “Moreover it will encourage us as a society to find simple solutions to complex problems and be reinforcing and dividing more our society by stressing ‘us’ and ‘them.’”


 

Read the full story (in Finnish) here. A man giving a Nazi salute on Friday.

Below is another business that sells baklava in Itäkeskus in Helsinki was attacked as well.

 Another business establishment’s window is smashed in Itäkeskus, Helsinki.

A barber shop in Helsinki suffered a similar fate on Friday. The owner of the barbershop is a naturalized Finn who moved from Iraq in 2009.

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Warka iska waran Turku

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Magaalada Turku ee dalka Finland ayaa maanta lagu soo gaba-gabeeyay shir looga hadlayay fursadaha ay dadka Somaaliyeed uhaystaan iney ganacsi ka sameystaan dalkan,   waxaana kasoo qeyb galay xubno katirsan dowladda Finland,  jaaliyaddaha Soomaalida dalkan Finland  iyo qurbajoog kale oo ka yimid dalalka kale ee Yurub.

Barnaamijkan oo loogu magac daray Iska Waran ayaa soconayay mudo labo maalin ah, waxaana lagu soo bandhigayaa arrimo ay ka mid yihiin qaabka ay Soomaalidu ula qabsatay  nolosha Finland gaar ahaan dhanka shaqadda iyo waxbarashada.


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Sidoo kale Intii uu socday  shirkan waxaa lagu soo bandhigay tirada bulshadda Soomaaliyeed ee ku nool Finland oo isugu jira kuwa dalkan qaxooti ahaan kusoo galay iyo kuwa ku dhashay.

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Migrants and minorities fear that Turku will fuel more hostility and racism in Finland

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After the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday, some expected the worse in Finland when the following day a young man stabbed indiscriminately ten people who killed two, according to YLE News. The police confirmed on Saturday that what happened was a terrorist attack

According to YLE, the suspect is an eighteen-year-old Moroccan citizen.


 

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At a press conference held Friday at 7 pm in Turku, Interior Minister Paula Risikko talked about “a foreign-looking” person as the prime suspect even if she could not yet confirm his identity.

Whenever Finland uses the term “foreign-looking” or “person of foreign origin” it is code for non-white European.

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