Migrant Tales publishes on and off Finnish tabloid ads* (lööppi in Finnish) from the 1990s. Taking into account that Finland’s immigrant population started to grow during that decade, it is easy at least through some of the main stories of tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat and Iltalehti to see how some of them reflected our xenophobic, prejudiced, racist or anti-Russian views.
The billboard below states in bold letters: Somalis to remain in Finland. What kind of welcoming statement is that? It shows how low tabloids will stoop to get their story and how ungrateful some politicians are. Both groups have profited immensely thanks to their near-constant bashing of different immigrant groups. The Perussuomalaiset party’s election victory last year is a case in point.
What is strange about the whole immigration and cultural diversity debate in this country is that even if politicians claim that certain immigrant groups are a burden on society, they have not helped but hindered their integration. These politicians will never tell you that if we contrarily promoted mutual acceptance and respect instead of suspicion and racism, we’d benefit socially and financially.
*Migration Institute archive.