Migrants’ Rights Network: No-one should be afraid to say where they are from

Migrants’ Rights Network: No-one should be afraid to say where they are from

Roger Casale* The climate of fear and antipathy towards newcomers to the UK from Europe hurts individuals in their day-to-day lives. We in the UK should take a moment to reflect on what these negative attitudes and behaviours say about us as a national community. Migrants hold a mirror up to the host nation. What […] more…
YLE:n vastauksen Pekka ja Pätkän neekerinä elokuvista

YLE:n vastauksen Pekka ja Pätkän neekerinä elokuvista

  Sain seuraavan vastauksen YLE:ltä elokuvista Pekka ja Pätkän neekereinä. Toivottavasti kirjoititte aktiivisesti YLE:lle tästä elokuvasta.  Miten se on mahdollista, että verorahoilla ruokimme ennakkoluuloja ja vahvistamme rasismia maassamme?! Susannah sanoo: “Oliko pakko esittää tämä elokuva sellaisen katselun aikaan, että moni lapsikin näki sen. Eikö muka Suomi Filmien kirjoissa olisi ollut monta muuta vaihtoehtoja?” Pekka ja Pätkä […] more…
Anonymous: Symbol of hope in Finland

Anonymous: Symbol of hope in Finland

One of the presents that Migrant Tales has given me is the opportunity to meet many people through words and in person. One of these special persons that I have been corresponding and speaking to for months is Anonymous. She has contributed stories and beautiful poems to our blog.  Anonymous is in a bit of a quandary these days since […] more…
Dr. Gareth Rice: How open is Finnish higher education?

Dr. Gareth Rice: How open is Finnish higher education?

Dr. Gareth Rice           I had been sufficiently impressed by the work of some Finnish geographers, though I knew little about the Nordic country’s higher education system before I accepted the position of postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki in December 2007. I had been bent on visiting Finland for […] more…
Defining white Finnish privilege #6

Defining white Finnish privilege #6

In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. Migrant Tales invites readers to contribute their thought on the social ill. Please send your comments on the topic to migranttalesblog@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you. […] more…
Gareth Rice: Finland Warm welcome, then cold shoulder

Gareth Rice: Finland Warm welcome, then cold shoulder

Gareth Rice I did my PhD in urban geography at the University of Strathclyde and had been lecturing there for more than three years before I accepted my postdoctoral position at the University of Helsinki in December 2007. I had never been to Finland before, but the country, its people and their culture had long […] more…
Is Heikki the drunk Finnish or Swedish?

Is Heikki the drunk Finnish or Swedish?

Some Swedish Finns are up in arms about a children’s book published in Sweden that pictures a wino called Heikki, according to YLE in English.  The character in the book, who is lying in a bush next to a plastic bag full of beer, was too much for Swedish Finn Sirpa Lamminpää, who filed a […] more…
perspetívák: Listen to his music and forget your political agenda

perspetívák: Listen to his music and forget your political agenda

Marcell Lorincz*         On June 14th Gogol Bordello was playing in Budapest. Music Against Racism had a stall at the event and before the concert (thanks to Skalar Music) I had the opportunity to meet Eugene. As he has a diverse beackground – he is from Ukraine, had a Roma grandparent, migrated […] more…
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