I never believed when I published my first posting in Migrant Tales that I’d be writing about our tenth anniversary today. The journey from that Wednesday a decade ago to today has been a long one helped by the fuel of support that Migrant Tales has received during these years.
Migrant Tales not only defends the rights of migrants and minorities in Finland and elsewhere, but human rights and Nordic values like social equality as well.
During the last ten years, Europe and Finland, have regressed instead of advanced when it comes to migrant and minority rights. While this is clear to us and to many other people, too many don’t see racism and discrimination as a threat to our societies.
Migrant Tales has never doubted the threat that populism and parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* pose for Finland. It is the same story for other ones in Europe like the Danish People’s Party, Sweden Democrats, Front National of France, UKIP and others, which capitalize on racism.
All of the above parties pose a threat to our democracies in Europe. Believing otherwise is wishful thinking. Since such parties need to scapegoat minorities they must always single out a victim. If they succeeded at eliminating one group they’d go for another.
It’s a cycle of hate that never ends because in scapegoating there is power, wealth and fame.
Migrant Tales has throughout the years taken up a lot of causes for migrant and minority rights. This picture was taken last year in front of the Little Parliament protesting Finland’s asylum and deportation policies. In May we exposed the mistreatment of asylum seekers at the Kolari reception center that led to the sacking of the deputy manager, Jari Sillantie.
The fact that we still exist after ten years proves that there is a big demand for voices to speak out and defend those that are heard faintly by society. We are honored to be one of the many voices that are speaking out for migrant and minority rights.