Posts By: Migrant Tales

What does Finland fear as its society becomes more culturally and ethnically diverse?

What do you think are the main issues that migrants and minorities face in Finland? Is the majority population having a difficult time sharing public spaces with migrants and minorities? Are Finns suspicious of difference? Do they fear that they’ll lose power and privilege as our society becomes ever-culturally and ethnically diverse?* One of the

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Päävo Väyrynen is Finland’s cold war foreign minister

If there is one politician in Finland that gives some heartburn, that politician is without a doubt Paavo Väyrynen. It is unfortunate that the Finnish media doesn’t return to the cold war era and look into Väyrynen’s record when he was the foreign minister most of the time from 1977 to 1993. During that period there were

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Facebook Zimema Mhone: Clarification on why “I am cheaper”

Migrant Tales insight: Zimema Mhone has done some stories for us and he now posted something on Facebook that too many foreigners and minorities face in Finland. Did you know that nationally in 2014 foreigners earned 27.3% less at 21,479 euros/year compared with 29,550 euros, according to Pasi Saukkonen. In Helsinki, the gap was even higher

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YLE News: What Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen forgets to tell us about growing hate speech in Finland

There’s a lot of evidence of how Finland denies an issue like racism and near-constantly plays down its impact on migrants, minorities, and society in general. Prosecutor General Raija Toivainen claims in a YLE News story that racist statement lead to bitterness, radicalization, and terrorism. 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Defecting from a single-issue party like the PS of Finland

Pekka Sinisalo defects from the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* to the Blue Reform party because, under Jussi Halla-aho,  it is a single-issue party. Before the PS imploded in June, it was a supposedly a 1.5-issue party. The Finnish media forgets that the PS is the only party in modern Finnish history that decided to target and capitalize on Islamophobia

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AntroBlogi: Minä, Jumala ja hallinto-oikeus

Jos turvapaikanhakija kokee lähtömaassaan vainoa uskonnollisen vakaumuksensa vuoksi, tämä voi olla peruste turvapaikan myöntämiselle Suomeen. Mutta entä jos hän on vaihtanut uskontoa kesken hakuprosessin? Tällöin Suomessa arvioidaan hakijan uskonnollisen vakaumuksen aitoutta. Hallinto-oikeus arvioi tuoreessa päätöksessään, millä perustein voidaan olettaa turvapaikanhakijan olevan kristitty. Se toteaa, että kaste ei ole riittävä selvitys “aidosta kristinuskoon kääntymisestä”. Lisäksi “yksinomaan

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: White washing in Finland

If Finland had a very effective white washing* process in place from independence, who dismantled it or was it ever dismantled? I have my serious doubts. Blackfaces are still aired on Finnish television. The clip above was shown on Pressiklubi on October 6, 2017, and the full movie in 2016. In the 1970s, when it

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Groups like Suomalaisuuden liitto were responsible for white washing and killing diversity in Finland

If there is an association in this country that is guilty of white washing and killing cultural diversity, one of them is Suomalaisuuden liitto or the Association of Finnish Culture and Identity. 

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