Finland’s immigration policy is a failure and inhumane

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Finland’s immigration policy is a failure because it is inhumane. It is a failure and inhumane because the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset*, which imploded into two parties in June, has lobbied for tighter and unrealistic immigration policies with the blessings of the Center Party and National Coalition Party.

According to the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), “a few thousand” asylum seekers who fled the country in hopes of getting asylum elsewhere sent back to Finland from other EU countries.


Read the full story (in Finnish) here.

When a country like Finland, which claims to uphold human rights and treats people fairly starts to label and deport people wholesale to countries that aren’t but considers “safe,” time is ripe to reconsider and replace such policies.

If there is one matter that we have learned from the handling of asylum seekers since 2015 and ever-tighter immigration policy is that it is a disaster and inhumane.

A case in point was in spring 2016 when parliament voted to do away with residence permits on humanitarian grounds. By doing away with this option, Finland created an ever-growing army of undocumented migrants. Politicians stuck their heads in the sand and hoped that the problem would go away.

While tough anti-immigration rhetoric may go down well with some voters, it only adds salt to an open wound, which is our broken and inhumane immigration policy.

* 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.

Laura Huhtasaari show us the way up the pyramid of hate

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Staying on the topic of Perussuomalaiset* presidential candidate Laura Huhtasaari, I took the liberty to ask her a question on Messenger. To no-one’s surprise, she didn’t care to answer my question. 

I wrote: “Hey! You speak a lot about ‘Finns’ but who are these ‘Finns’ [you so often speak of]. Are they all those who were born in Finland? Black Finns? Muslim Finns? Argentinean Finns? Could you explain and state clearly what you mean by ‘Finns.’ Thank you.”*

A question arises from these types of “us” and “them” labeling: Where are they supposed to lead us? First, it was uncommon in Finland to have politicians like Huhtasaari openly label and blacklist migrants and minorities. Today, her hateful speech is “normal.”

If you want a harrowing answer, check out this blog post. If we study the pyramid of hatethe final stage is genocide. It’s an escalation of hatred that leads to the annihilation of a group.

One example was the scapegoating and outright hatred against the Jews and other minorities in Germany in the 1930s.


The final stage of racism and hatred is genocide.

Is this where politicians like Huhtasaari and her band of Perussuomalaiset [1] want to lead Finland?

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Perussuomalaisten presidenttiehdokas Laura Huhtasaari on itse epäonnistunut kokeilu

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Perussuomalaisten presidenttiehdokas Laura Huhtasaari jakaa vihapuhetta, kutsuu kansainvälisyyttä ja kulttuurista moninaisuutta – siis minuakin – “kokeiluksi.”

Olen kestänyt hänen kaltaisten politiikkojen vihaa ja rasismia koko 2010-luvulla. Nahkani on paksuntunut ja ylpeys siitä kuka olen on kasvanut kiitoksia tästä vihasta.

Perussuomalaisten presidenttiehdokkaan viimeiset plagiaattipaljastukset näkyvät hänen retoriikassaan. Se on räikeästi kopioitua vihapuhetta ja “plagioituja” iskulauseita ulkomailta.

En ole, Laura Huhtasaari, ”kokeilu.” Olen oikea ihminen jota et ikinä saa pois täältä.

Onko sinun ideologiasi epäonnistunut kokeilu?

Uskon vankasti, että on.

Would Martin Luther King Jr. defined his scorn for white moderates as “tolkun ihmiset?”

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There’s been a lot of debate about the so-called tolkun ihminen, a concept in Finland introduced by President Sauli Niinistö to help politicians and public officials do little to nothing to challenge racism and discrimination in Finland. Migrant Tales has defined tolkun ihminen as disgraced President Richard Nixon’s attempt to kill criticism of him by praising the silent majority of a small Oklahoma town called Muskogee

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68) gave a spot-on description of tolkun himinen when he was incarcerated in 1963 for holding a mass demonstration in Alabama. For the Civil Rights leader, white moderates were the biggest obstacle to the emancipation of Black people in the United States.

The aim of tolkun ihmiset is the same as what MLK referred to his scorn for “white moderates.” Both white moderates and tolkun ihmiset do a lot of harm to migrants and minorities by not doing anything and turning a blind eye to racism.

Tolkun ihmiset are the most significant obstacle in Finland to furthering social equality for migrants and minorities in Finland.


 

Read the full story here.

Wrote MLK:

“First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.'”

Send an email and words of encouragement to an Iraqi asylum seeker at the Metsälä immigration detention center

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Migrant Tales wrote on Thursday about the detention of a twenty-four-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who escaped deportation on January 3 by acting in an unruly manner on a plane. He now awaits deportation to Iraq next week.

Like all deportation cases that we are able to cover, we would like to ask the readers to send words of encouragement to the person. You can send emails to this asylum seeker via editor@migranttales.net.

We also took the opportunity to ask the asylum seeker presently detained at Helsinki’s Metsälä immigration detention center, any news he’d like to share with us.

He responded:


The asylum seeker’s room at Metsälä.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Bringing people from “shithole countries”

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Is U.S. President Donald Trump a racist? Some are still having a difficult time figuring this out despite Trump’s recent outburst, bringing people from “shithole countries,” which not only exposes the president’s racist worldview but the history and legacy of racism in the United States. 

After the Civil Rights Movement of 1955-1968, there are still a lot of issues with respect to racism in the United States and elsewhere like Europe.

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Another young Iraqi asylum seeker faces deportation from Finland

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Another hapless asylum seeker, 24, was about to be deported a day after he was detained by the police on January 2. The deportation failed after he started to yell at the top of his voice prompting three civilian police officers to remove him off the plane. 

The asylum seeker, who is now awaiting deportation at the Metsälä immigration removal center in Helsinki, said that the police plan to deport him to Iraq next week.

While it is scandalous that a person who searches for a better life in Europe is being deported against his will, there are legal loopholes that permit deportation, like that of the Iraqi asylum seeker, to happen swiftly.


Bruises on the head and arm. An ID snapshot of the asylum seeker.

The asylum seeker’s deportation a day after he was asked to visit the police station was possible because a court hadn’t challenged the deportation order by the National Immigration Service (Migri). The asylum seeker’s lawyer should have stopped the deportation and asked the court for more time to review the case.

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Mikkelin Pub Kulma Bari: Onko omistaja tietoinen, että syrjintä on rikos Suomessa?

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Romanien lähteiden mukaan, on tapahtunut syrjintää Pub Kulma Barissa syyskuussa ja joulukuussa. Molemmissa tapauksessa romanit eivät päässeet baariin, koska he kuuluvat tiettyyn etniseen ryhmään.

Migrant Tales on tutkinut tapausta ja syntyy kysymys: Onko omistaja tietoinen perustuslain pykälästä 6§? Siinä kerrotaan:

“Ketään ei saa ilman hyväksyttävää perustetta asettaa eri asemaan sukupuolen, iän, alkuperän, kielen, uskonnon, vakaumuksen, mielipiteen, terveydentilan, vammaisuuden tai muun henkilöön liittyvän syyn perusteella.”


Pub Kulma Bar Mikkelissä (Juvantie 9-11) jonne romanit eivät ole tervetulleita. Kuva: Enrique Tessieri

Pub Kulma Barin tapaus ei ole toki ensimmäinen Mikkelissä tai Suomessa jossa liikkeenomistaja mielivaltaisesti antaa kaikille tietyn ryhmän jäsenille porttikiellon. Eikä selitykset ”minun lakini on oikeuteni” riitä kumoamaan perustuslakia.

Valitettavasti Suomessa harrastetaan avointa syrjintää ja rasismia, koska siihen puututaan liian vähän.

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