Racism, children and football in Finland

Racism, children and football in Finland

If you want to find a short cut into racism in Finland, read the anonymous comments after a news story on the topic. One such story, published Monday by Turku-based daily Turun Sanomat, is a perfect example. The news story is about a group of 10-11-year-old boys who were returning by ship to the mainland […] more…
Anders Breivik: Three years after the horror of 22/7 in Norway

Anders Breivik: Three years after the horror of 22/7 in Norway

How many still remember 22/7, when mass-murderer Anders Breivik went on the rampage three years ago killing 77 innocent victims? Who wants to remember the man that carried out the worst attack on Norway since the Second World War? What will the local papers write about that horrific day, today? What will their editorials say if […] more…
Migrants’ Rights Network: ‘Too Many Immigrants?’, ‘Big Romanian Invasion’, or ‘Glasgow Girls’: Which got closer to the truth in telling the story of immigration?

Migrants’ Rights Network: ‘Too Many Immigrants?’, ‘Big Romanian Invasion’, or ‘Glasgow Girls’: Which got closer to the truth in telling the story of immigration?

Don Flynn*     You wait for weeks for a programme that allows migrants to tell the stories of their lives, and then three come along at once. The media critic Ben Bagdikian once complained that trying to be a first class reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach’s ‘St […] more…
Defining white Finnish privilege #7

Defining white Finnish privilege #7

In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. Migrant Tales invites readers to contribute their thought on the social ill. Please send your comments on the topic to migranttalesblog@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you. […] more…
Migrants Tales Literary: Two poems by Anonymous

Migrants Tales Literary: Two poems by Anonymous

Below are two poems by Anonymous that she wants to share with our readers.  “When I lived [in a city*] in Finland, I couldn’t use the phone or email because I had no money or any income assistance from the social office for 20 months,” Anonymous said. “This happened in 2013.” * The name of […] more…
Yle in English asks: Have you come up against unfair hiring practices in Finland?

Yle in English asks: Have you come up against unfair hiring practices in Finland?

Thanks to Dr. Gareth Rice’s courageous example that exposed unfair hiring practices at the university, some long-overdue attention is now being paid to a much wider problem that migrants face in this country. YLE in English asks its readers to share their views on the issue.  On Wednesday at 7:12pm, the Yle in English story had 130 comments! It’s […] more…
Challenging prejudices against migrants in Finland should be a priority. But who’s doing this?

Challenging prejudices against migrants in Finland should be a priority. But who’s doing this?

Dr. Gareth Rice’s  claim that foreign academics are being bypassed for permanent tenures in favor of Finnish academics raises a wider issue that migrants and minorities face in Finland. Finding a job is one matter for an immigrant in this country but being hired on a permanent basis is quite another story. One may ask […] more…
Who will win the world cup on Sunday: Argentina, Germany, or Greater Social Justice?

Who will win the world cup on Sunday: Argentina, Germany, or Greater Social Justice?

After spending $11 billion to organize the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, was the huge investment justified and who will be the real winners after Sunday’s final game: Argentina, Germany, or social turmoil in a country that wasn’t too convinced that Brazil should have been the host?  A year ago, Brazilians university students and […] more…
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