Posts By: Migrant Tales

Migrants and minorities fear that Turku will fuel more hostility and racism in Finland

After the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday, some expected the worse in Finland when the following day a young man stabbed indiscriminately ten people that killed two, according to YLE News. The police confirmed on Saturday that what happened was a terrorist attack. 

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Why do some schools in Finland ask if a pupil is “a person of migrant origin?”

Sari Pöyhönen, who wrote in an op-ed piece in Helsingin Sanomat this week, asked why some schools in Finland ask parents if they are migrants, a person with a migrant origin, refugee, returnee, immigrant, temporarily in the country or asylum seeker. It is a good question considering that placing people into such groups is in general illegal in Finland.

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After detention for 27 days in Finland, Iraqi asylum seeker gets rejection for work permit after half-a-year wait

Remember an Iraqi asylum seeker called Hayder Al-Hatemi who was detained for 27 days from January 6-February 2 pending a deportation order? He applied for a work permit on February 6 shortly after his release and had learned at the beginning of August that it had been turned down. 

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Iraqi asylum seeker in Finland foils deportation attempt

Haidar Isam of the #righttolife demonstration said that the deportation of an Iraqi asylum seeker was stopped today shortly before a Turkish Airline flight was set to leave Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. 

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Reija Härkönen: Äänestitkö takuunuivaa viime vaaleissa?

Vuoden 2012 kuntavaaleissa Simon Elo, Perussuomalaisten nuorten puheenjohtaja, kävi ”takuunuivaa” vaalikampanjaa Espoossa. Ja tuli valituksi, rasistien äänillä, kuten myös seuraavissa eduskuntavaaleissa v. 2015.

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US President Donald Trump’s Finnish “tolkun” moment and his mixed response to far-right violence

Three people died in the wake of a demonstration by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed Saturday with anti-racism activists when the white nationalists planned a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The demonstration saw a car being deliberately driven into a crowd of people who killed one person and left at least 19 others injured.  

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The Finnish Immigration Service’s way of saying “this country isn’t your home”

I got a call Friday from a Migrant Tales longtime reader who came to Finland as a child and is in his mid-30s today. “Could you tell me what this message (by the Finnish Immigration Service or Migri) means?” he asked. “If they send me back to I won’t know what to do. I’ll kill myself.”

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Facebook Nuor Dawood: Leaving to a country that doesn’t deport children, pregnant women and asylum seekers

Migrant Tales insight: Nuor Dawood states perfectly in the Facebook posting below what too many asylum seekers feel in Finland. History will not forget Finland or the European Union for its total lack of empathy.  In many respects, it’s the same attitude and indifference that permitted the Holocaust to happen in the 1940s. Just put them

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