Six-year fruitless search for a Muslim burial ground in Finland

Six-year fruitless search for a Muslim burial ground in Finland

The Finnish Islamic Council has been searching without success since 2008 for a burial ground in the southern Finnish region of Uusimaa, according to YLE in English. Up to know, Muslims are buried in the “Muslim section” of Lutheran Church cemeteries. Pia Jardi, deputy chair of the Finnish Islamic Council, told Migrant Tales that a questionnaire […] more…
Racism is dirty and expensive business for any society

Racism is dirty and expensive business for any society

A study by the Ombudsman of Minorities in Finland reveals that over two thirds of Finnish Roma that were surveyed said they had experienced discrimination in the past year, according to a Migrant Tales story published Sunday. While these types of studies are needed and are highly important, they continue to remind us of a […] more…
Over two thirds of Finnish Roma surveyed said they had experienced discrimination in the past year

Over two thirds of Finnish Roma surveyed said they had experienced discrimination in the past year

A study by the Ombudsman for Minorities of Finland reveals that a bit over two thirds of Finnish Roma that were surveyed said they had experienced discrimination in the past year, according to Turku-based Turun Sanomat.* Two-hundred and forty-nine Roma of different ages took part in the study.  Read full story (in Finnish) here.   […] more…
Institute of Race Relations: Language testing of asylum claimants – a flawed approach

Institute of Race Relations: Language testing of asylum claimants – a flawed approach

By Aisha Maniar Following a critical Supreme Court judgment on the Home Office’s use of controversial language analysis tests to determine the nationality of asylum seekers, Aisha Maniar asks: why does the government insist on using these tests? Read orginal posting here.   Language is a crucial element of the identity of each and every one […] more…
Helsingin Sanomat: Ulkomaisten tutkijoiden vaikea työllistyä Suomessa

Helsingin Sanomat: Ulkomaisten tutkijoiden vaikea työllistyä Suomessa

Gareth Rice Kun saavuin Suomeen yliopistotutkijana Britanniasta, päätin yrittää olla valittamatta siitä, miten Suomessa korkeakoulujärjestelmää hoidetaan. Valittaminen on kuitenkin luonnollista, ja olen varma, että miltei jokainen Suomessa asuva ulkomaalainen on tehnyt niin ainakin kerran. Lue alkuperäinen kirjoitus tästä. Suomalaista korkeakoulujärjestelmää pyörittää joukko vaikutusvaltaisia suomalaisia professoreita, jotka toimivat portinvartijoina. Ulkomaalaisten akateemisesti koulutettujen on vaikea päästä vakituisiin […] more…
The PS of Finland once again reveals its hostility towards migrants and cultural diversity

The PS of Finland once again reveals its hostility towards migrants and cultural diversity

One of the most interesting matters to watch about the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is how their explanations and arguments change to hide their hostile and xenophobic stances against migrants and Finland’s ever-growing cultural diversity. PS party secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo was quoted as saying on YLE that Finland should stop development aid and end welfare to refugees […] more…
Institute of Race Relations: The ‘Guantánamization’ of Belgium

Institute of Race Relations: The ‘Guantánamization’ of Belgium

By Frances Webber A new book on Belgium, Guantanamo chez nous?, is an important contribution to the analysis of racism and the war on terror in Europe. It would be hard to find anyone in the UK who has not heard of Abu Qatada. But how many people know that he was recently acquitted of terrorist […] more…
Death of Colombian in police custody in Finland sheds light on the desperate plight of many undocumented migrants

Death of Colombian in police custody in Finland sheds light on the desperate plight of many undocumented migrants

The tragic death* of a twenty-six-year-old Colombian should awaken us to the many dangers that some undocumented migrants face in Europe. According to the Finnish police, Sergio Camilo Becerra González, committed suicide while his parents suspect he was a victim of xenophobia, according to Caracol.  Both outcomes, death by suicide or xenophobia, are harrowing reminders […] more…
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