Posts By: Mark

Being responsible in debates about immigration and extremism

Extremism almost never sees itself as ‘extreme’ When I was young I studied ‘brainwashing’ as part of my studies in psychology. One feature that constantly emerged was how ‘extreme’ interpretations of events typically took a grain of truth and wrapped it up in a generalisation such that it would act as a shield to any

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Meet the Somalis – the illustrated stories of Somalis in seven cities in Europe

The Open Society Foundations have recently published a fascinating set of seven illustrated stories, called ‘meet the Somalis‘, covering the experiences of Somalis living in cities across Europe. On November 21, this will coincide with the publishing of the Foundations’ research report “Somalis in Helsinki”. To quote the Foundation’s website: “The Somali community in Europe

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Bank accounts for the stateless – money laundering legislation is not an excuse for financial exclusion

This post follows on from a recent post by Enrique on continued practices of financial exclusion in relation to individuals who have had difficulties establishing their identification with Finnish authorities and have subsequently had problems opening bank accounts. It is also a response to one commentator’s fallacious claim that money laundering legislation is an adequate

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Confessions of a recovering racist

Society has achieved at least one significant victory in the fight against racism – it has succeeded in making open racism a dirty concept. The power of stigma that worked so effectively to reinforce racism has been harnessed to turn the tide against open discrimination – at least in polite society. Today, in most public

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Migrant Tales Literary: If you are a Finn

  If you are a Finn, what is a Fonn? Was your flag blue and white, or was it lilac and yellow? Sorry, what was that again? Sano säki mua suks? Or was it san snää mnuu snuuks? So who hates who in this mnuu snuu, I wonder?   So, I am the maahanmuuttaja. There

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Growing up in Finland as an immigrant – a personal story!

D4R is a regular poster in the comments on Migrant Tales. We are very grateful that he has shared some of his experiences of growing up and dealing with discrimination in Finland. Here is the first part of a long comment he made on one post, which deserves to be read by as many people

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Migrant Tales Literary: V-Day – one billion rising!

Today marks V-Day, one billion rising, referring to the number of women on the planet who have either been raped or beaten during their lives. Eve Ensler, of The Vagina Monologues fame, has penned a passionate piece calling for women to rise up in protest and men to support them on Valentines Day 2013, in

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