Posts By: Migrant Tales

PS’ Jussi Halla-aho on TV offerng simplistic views on migration and Finnish identity

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* chairperson Jussi Halla-aho was a guest on Yle’s Ykkösaamu. Convicted for ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion in 2012, the PS chairperson gave his usual simplistic views on immigration and Finnish identity.

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Faisa Kahiye: Muukalaisviha ahdistaa toisen polven maahanmuuttajia

Suomen ilmapiiri on kiristynyt merkittävästi maahanmuuttoa kohtaan, ja pienen ryhmän tekemät rikokset ovat johtaneet kokonaisen väestöryhmän leimaamiseen. Tästä ovat kärsineet niin turvapaikanhakijat kuin muutkin maahanmuuttajataustaiset ihmiset, jotka ovat kohdanneet entistäkin enemmän valitettavan normalisoitunutta vihapuhetta ja rasismia. Vihamielinen ilmapiiri on entisestään vaikeuttanut myös toisen polven maahanmuuttajien asemaa. Tällä viikolla käynnistyi Ihmisoikeusliiton, HSL:n ja HKL:n  STOP! Päätepysäkki syrjinnälle -kampanja, jolla yritetään puuttua joukkoliikenteessä tapahtuvaan syrjintään.

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Count to ten when people talk about migrants “embracing Finnish values”

I will count to ten very slowly if I hear one more time, just one more time from a politician, that migrants should embrace Finnish values. Most of them, when they make that ethnocentric statement, don’t tell us never mind give us a clue what those “Finnish values” are. Do they even know?

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Yle’s coverage of the Oulu sexual assault cases is an example of overkill and Islamophobia

How would you describe Yle’s coverage of the Oulu sexual assault cases? From November 27 to February 13, the state-owned broadcaster published a whopping 77 stories on the topic. This is not counting all the other stories that the tabloids and other print media published during that period. 

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Soldiers of Odin pull a fast one or find understanding from the Finnish police

Charges against the far-right vigilante group Soldiers of Odin could be dropped if they neutralize the impact of the video that incited violence against suspected migrants and Muslims, according to Detective Chief Inspector Pekka Hätönen, reported MTV.

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Ministers Petteri Orpo and Kai Mykkänen are geniuses in migrant integration. Not.

As a sociologist and anti-racism activist, I was not surprised by the banality of Finance Minister Petteri Orpo’s and Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen’s model to better integrate migrants and do away with migrant crime. The answer? A test!

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Facebook Soldiers of Odin: Now you see it but not all of it because something is missing

After Facebook temporarily shut the far-right Soldiers of Odin site, it is back up but the violent video the vigilante group posted is no longer there. 

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The National Coalition Party should stop bullying asylum seekers and migrants

Finance Minister Petteri Orpo and Interior Minister kai Mykkänen reiterated calls for asylum seekers to “integrate” and embrace Finnish values. Mykkänen was quoted as saying in Helsingin Sanomat that there are plans to offer asylum seekers at reception centers courses on Finnish society. 

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