Indefinite detention of a naturalized Finn held without any charges by the police

Migrant Tales insight: We got an email from a reader who was worried about the fate of her partner, who is a Russian-speaking Estonian with Finnish citizenship. He has been detained since 11.10.2018 but still has not been charged with any crime. The woman doesn’t know what will happen and her partner’s lawyer has made it clear that she has still not been made aware of the nature of the case. How long can the Finnish police hold someone without any charges?

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A letter to the Non-Discrimination Ombudsperson Kirsi Pimiä

Dear Kirsi,

I have written to PM Juha Sipilä twice concerning his ‘reluctance’ to publicly acknowledge racial discrimination in Finland (FRA EU MIDIS-II 2017 12.12.2017 meeting in Helsinki).

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Why doesn’t Prime Minister Juha Sipilä respond and show leadership?

Dear PM Sipilä,

I am resending and reminding you of my communication on an issue that has not gone away and which – in my opinion – you have yet to acknowledge.

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Facebook: Different treatment for different folks in a racialized Finland

Here’s a good question in the Facebook posting below: What would happen if a migrant searched for empty bottles at the Espoo train station? ___________________________________ This posting in a closed Facebook wall was published with permission by Migrant Tales. 

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Anonymous migrant: Known – unknown

Migrant Tales’ insight: Anonymous is one of the many readers that not only visit our blog but contribute their stories and poems. I’m not at liberty to disclose her identity but can vouch for her story. We have been in touch countless of times on the phone and she has told me her six-year ordeal in Finland

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When there’s hostility in the air and matters start to get violent at a Helsinki bar

Migrant Tales insight: This is a true account reported on the Rasmus Facebook page but written by one of the victims. One of the scariest matters about what is written is the reaction of the staff at the bar. The person writes: “…I went  to ask the barman, who had seen everything, how he could

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Migrants Tales Literary: Two poems by Anonymous

Below are two poems by Anonymous that she wants to share with our readers.  “When I lived [in a city*] in Finland, I couldn’t use the phone or email because I had no money or any income assistance from the social office for 20 months,” Anonymous said. “This happened in 2013.” * The name of

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Anonymous: Symbol of hope in Finland

One of the presents that Migrant Tales has given me is the opportunity to meet many people through words and in person. One of these special persons that I have been corresponding and speaking to for months is Anonymous. She has contributed stories and beautiful poems to our blog.  Anonymous is in a bit of a quandary these days since

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