Enrique Tessieri

A call to inclusion but there is no room for such words today

Finland’s has a long and rich migrant history, and this should help guide us to build an inclusive and just country as our society becomes ever-culturally and ethnically diverse during this century.

Read on »

Asylum seeker in detention cell 406: Administrative court halts deportation order temporarily

After a nerve-racking week, The Administrative Court has stopped temporarily deportation proceedings of Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Read on »

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Racism is everywhere. Our denial allows us to pin it on one group

“When people speak of racism in Finland they refer to the Perussuomalaiset* and Blue Reform. They do so to wash their hands of the social ill by claiming that it is a minority fringe group that is the country’s racism problem. Racism is everywhere in Finland and so well-entrenched that it forms part of our

Read on »

Puhemies Maria Lohelan kauheimmat sitaatit: Onko hän sittenkin vain mörkö?

Yksi asia on selvää jos lukee puhemiehen ja entisen perussuomalaisen nykyinen sinisten kansanedustajan Maria Lohelan, kirjoituksia 2010-2016: ne ruokkivat vihaa maahanmuuttajia kohtaan ja vähemmistöjen vastakkainasettelua. Lohelan on politiikko, joka vihaa ja kysenlaistaa erilaisuutta yleistämällä ja ruokkimalla ennakkoluuloja. 

Read on »

¿Por qué no hay una calle en Finlandia que lleva el nombre Rosa Emilia Clay (1875-1959)?

Una pregunta fácil: ¿Por qué no hay una calle que se llame Rosa Emilia Clay en Finlandia? Clay era la primera africana que recibió la ciudadanía finlandesa en el año 1899. No existe una calle que lleva el nombre de Rosa Emilia Clay en Tampere, donde vivió un tiempo antes de emigrar a los Estados Unidos en 1904 ni tampoco en el pueblo de Mustinlahti, donde fue maestra de primaria en 1898.

Read on »

Asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “[I] just [want] to be in [a] safe place and live in peace”

I asked on Saturday the young Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 to show with pictures his world which is now reduced to a barred window that exposes some buildings and the rainy overcast day. He messaged that he’s “just nervous and stressed about the next week what will happen.”  

Read on »

Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “Migri doesn’t believe I’m a Christian”

 Just like the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) proclaims violent countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia to be “safe” for such nationals but not for Finns, they don’t have any problems about deporting you back to such countries if you are a Christian. If what Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Lappeenranta states is correct, his life is in danger if deported as a Christian back to his former home country. 

Read on »