By Enrique Tessieri
Matters have changed for the better with respect to the ongoing debate on immigrants, immigration to Finland and our ever-growing cultural diversity, reports Turun Sanomat, quoting researcher Suvi Keskinen of Turku University. She warns, however, that making strong distinctions between “us Finns” and “them immigrants” can have dire consequences for the person and society.
Keskinen says that more people than before are speaking out against anti-immigration groups and racism in Finland.
She said that even if the language used to debate immigration in Denmark has been bolder than in Finland, matters are improving there after the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party did poorly in the election.
What Keskinen says is highly revealing. If the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party wouldn’t have won their historic election victory last April, probably debate in Finland wouldn’t be so aggressive and negative towards immigrants and visible minorities.
Migrant Tales is a good example of a blog that has grown rapidly and brought out the fighting spirit of some immigrants and Finns against anti-immigration groups like the PS.
This was not the case before, when certain members of the PS could practically say whatever they pleased and point the accusing finger at any group they wanted amid the near-complacency and silence of the media, politicians and general public.
Another matter that has encouraged people to be more outspoken against anti-immigration groups are the constant gaffes and scandals that have rocked the PS.
Where there is a strong reaction there is certainly a strong counter-reaction.