Enrique Tessieri

February 2018-2019: How a Pakistani family in Finland encountered and defied hate

A year has elapsed since Rashid H., a Pakistani migrant, was brutally attacked by three white Finnish youths in Vantaa on a Friday, February 23. The attack not only changed Rashid’s and his family’s life permanently, what happened also spread fear in the Pakistani community of Finland.

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WARNING: RACIST CONTENT – Halla-aho announces that anti-immigration will be the PS’ main campaign theme

With parliamentary elections a heartbeat away on April 14, the populist far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party announced that anti-immigration will be their main campaign theme. Are we surprised? Not in the bit.  PS Chairperson Jussi Halla-aho was quoted as saying in Yle that at the present rate, Finland’s immigration policy will destroy present levels of social welfare, undermine

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Ku Klux Klan in the US, Perussuomalaiset in Finland

The editorial below by the Alabama-based Democrat-Reporter, calling on the Ku Klux Klan “to ride again” and lynch Democrats, was not published in the last century but in 2019. This editorial is a good example that the United States is a racist country and has done too little to eradicate this social ill. 

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Finland’s elederly care scandal is a symptom of a wider problem: lack of regulation

The scandal facing elderly care homes under the management of stock-owned companies such as Atendo, Eperi Care and Mehiläinen points to one issue: Lack of effective regulation. How can, for example, Filipino employees at these establishments be exploited? The answer: Lack of effective regulation. 

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THE LONG READ: Dr Jeevana Subasinghe – How inappropriate behavior and discrimination happen at a health center and higher education in Finland

For the past four years, Sri Lankan-Finnish dentist Jeevana Subasinghe has experienced multiple forms of inappropriate behavior and discrimination by his employer at the Porvoo Municipal Health Center. But the treatment and discrimination he allegedly claims bring to light a wider systemic problem that affects some Finnish dentists as well.

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Afghan asylum seeker in Joutseno: “Good morning to [you] too”

Since September, an Afghan family comprising of three adults, two minors and their parents left Finland for Germany for fear that they would be deported to Afghanistan. One of the asylum seekers, who is a young man, was deported from Germany to Finland. Today he was taken to the Joutseno Immigration Removal Center from Metsälä in Helsinki.  

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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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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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