Let’s challenge the City of Oulu’s decision to ban asylum seekers from visiting schools and daycare centers

by , under Enrique Tessieri

A question: Is it legal for the City of Oulu to ban asylum seekers from visiting schools and daycare centers? 

Whatever way you look at this temporary ban, it is suspect. What about if these asylum seekers and refugees want to send their children to a school or daycare in Oulu?

I believe that this is beyond discrimination and a legal case should be brought against the City of Oulu.

Would it be possible to get a group of lawyers, NGOs and other activists to lodge a complaint to the parliamentary ombudsman?

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman Kirsi Pimiä’s response in Yle News is dodgy. She said we should be careful in generalizing but adds: “However, Oulu’s decision is not discriminatory because there is no common right to visit schools or daycares,” Pimiä added.

Could someone tell me what she saying?

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  1. PS voter

    They haven’t banned asylum seekers and refugees visiting schools and daycare. What they have done, is stopped organizing trips for them to visit schools and daycare to meet children there. It is two different things and you should know it and not mix things up.

    And why should there be organized visits for asylum seekers and refugees to meet little children? We don’t organize that for other foreigners either and not even for native Finns.

    We should also remember that we don’t know anything about the backgrouns of these asylum seekers and among them there can be persons who are danger to children. Now it seems that at least some of those asylum seekers and refugees who have visited schools and daycare have committed child rapes and other sexual crimes against minors.

    It is not too much to ask to stop exposing children to this kind of unnecessary risks. And why should we try to befriend adult men to small children in any case? If you want to befriend asylum seekers and refugees to Finns, much safer and more natural target would be adult Finns. You could organize trips for asylum seekers and refugees to workplace and different organizations where they could meet other adults, instead of vulnerable little children.

  2. PS voter

    They haven’t banned asy lum seekers and refu gees visiting schools and daycare. What they have done, is stopped organizing trips for them to visit schools and daycare to meet children there. It is two different things and you should know it and not mix things up.

    And why should there be organized visits for asy lum seekers and refu gees to meet little children? We don’t organize that for other foreigners either and not even for native Finns.

    We should also remember that we don’t know anything about the backgrounds of these asy lum seekers and among them there can be persons who are danger to children. Now it seems that at least some of those asy lum seekers and refu gees who have visited schools and daycare have committed child ra pes and other se xual cri mes against minors.

    It is not too much to ask to stop exposing children to this kind of unnecessary risks. And why should we try to befriend adult men to small children in any case? If you want to befriend asy lum seekers and refu gees to Finns, much sa fer and more natural target would be adult Finns. You could organize trips for asy lum seekers and refu gees to workplace and different organizations where they could meet other adults, instead of vulnerable little children.

    • juhis88

      The visits are only way for some kids to meet and learn about migrants and asylum seekers. Otherwise they would not learn to know of them and can’t make their own image of them as a people, but may learn only bad things about migrants and asylum seekers from their racist parents.

      I think this was important for making a new generation of more tolerant people, but the racists fought against that and were successful which is sad. 🙁

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