Comment: This moving story by “Ida” was published on Migrant Tales in September 2008. Even if it appeared three-and-a-half years ago, it could be a story that happened right now in Finland. One of these cases is fourteen-year-old Rebecka Holm, who published her moving story on Swedish-language daily HBL.
One of the matters that the authorities, politicians and the general public conveniently forget is that Finland is today a culturally diverse society. There are tens of thousands of people like “Ida.”
Let’s stop speaking of our culturally diverse society in the future tense as if it doesn’t yet exist.
It does exist. The future is here, now.
I am an immigrant. Sometimes I feel so frustrated in Finland that I just wanted to ‘give it back to the society’. Hence the crime. People like me (hypothetically) acting out of frustration. If the mentality here is that no foreigners are good and only a tiny fraction of people like Juha, the social worker, understands and/or appreciates diversity it doesn’t help much because the general society isn’t open=minded. I would even call racist.
If a person like Juha comes to ask me how do I like it in Finland, I wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings. A guy who works so hard for us. What do you expect me to say? that I am so frustrated that I can leave this second to another place where I feel more comfortable?
I would reverse those numbers. 95% prejudiced and 4% nonchalant, 0.5% don’t care, 0.001% welcoming (and the rest 0.499% lost in statistics).
Good welfare system is like a double-edged sword for immigrants. We are taken care of but we are also blamed for using them. And so you have to be ever-thankful that you are here, Finland. Because you are given shelter and food, now you can take this mental abuse in the form of institutionalized racism.
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