Finland: A nation of emigrants

Finland: A nation of emigrants

While some heads of state like Barack Obama speak of the United States as a nation of immigrants, Finland has historically been a nation of emigrants. How does being a nation of emigrants differ from being a nation of immigrants? There is a big difference and reveals in part why some Finns are so hostile […] more…
Julian Abagond: nation of immigrants

Julian Abagond: nation of immigrants

Migrant Tales insight: Finland is a nation of emigrants, not of immigrants. Even so, the same structures that have kept intact the structures and systemic exploitation of minorities, slavery and Jim Crow are still alive and kicking despite the fact that we try to convince ourselves that the United States is a nation of immigrants.  […] more…
Migrants’ Rights Network: “How to talk about immigration?”

Migrants’ Rights Network: “How to talk about immigration?”

Don Flynn* The thinktank British Future created a stir last week with the publication of its new book, How to talk about immigration. It is clear that, given the current febrile state of the public mood, a lot of damage can be done by talking about immigration in ways that are insensitive to many people’s […] more…
Homophobic Finland? Thank the Perussuomalaiset

Homophobic Finland? Thank the Perussuomalaiset

Some weren’t too worried when the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* won their historic parliamentary election victory in 2011 by raising the number of MPs to 39 from 5. “They’ll implode like the Rural Party did in the 1970s,” and “This is only a passing [political] fad” was what one heard.  One matter is clear after almost four […] more…
Systemic disenfranchisement of migrants and minorities in Europe

Systemic disenfranchisement of migrants and minorities in Europe

One important question that doesn’t appear to bother too many politicians is why migrant voter turnout in Europe is so low. In the 2012 municipal elections of Finland, 20% of eligible migrants voted compared with 18.6% in 2008. This is a far cry from 59.5% and 62.2% of Finnish citizens that voted in such elections, […] more…
Institute of Race Relations: Roma – fascism’s first victims, again

Institute of Race Relations: Roma – fascism’s first victims, again

Liz Fekete Anti-Roma violence draws strength from fascist ideas that linger on in mainstream European thought. On 15 September, a Roma man from Romania, homeless in Sweden, died of injuries sustained on 31 August, when a fire broke out at a Roma temporary tent camp in Högdalen, southern Stockholm. We will probably never know whether […] more…
Do you think David Cameron should be given ‘a medal’ for immigration?

Do you think David Cameron should be given ‘a medal’ for immigration?

Finnish Prime Minister Alexsander Stubb continues to surprise us. This time he proposed giving the UK, or Prime Minister David Cameron, ‘a medal’ for immigration. Taking into account how Cameron sees himself threatened by the UKIP and how he’s caved in to anti-immigration and anti-EU rhetoric, the distinction proposed by Stubb is odd to say the […] more…
Defining white Finnish privilege #14: Losing sight of the real issue

Defining white Finnish privilege #14: Losing sight of the real issue

One of the matters that has always surprised me in Finland is that if you speak out against intolerance and racism, you are sometimes seen as the rude one, not the one making the inappropriate comment. Apart from playing down a social ill like intolerance, we too often lose sight of the real issue: the victim.  There […] more…
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