Social inclusion is vital to a well-functioning society

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By Enrique Tessieri

Why are we so passionate at Migrant Tales about immigrant and minority rights? Because such groups are effective yardsticks that reveal the state of civil rights and democracy. The more social inclusion we succeed in promoting, the healthier our society is. 

There are clear examples in some recent elections in Europe that blaming immigrants and minorities for a country’s problems has become the trend.

We have even seen the rise of political parties that are keen on promoting social exclusion. Naturally they will not tell you this outright but may resemble the neo-Nazi Golden Eagle of Greece, which won 7% of the vote on Sunday.

This video clip of the party’s leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, is a good example of what a financial meltdown can bring. And it’s not at all pretty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4AXJx3IzdY

In a very common style, Michaloliakos pointed his guns at Greece’s undocmunented immigrants: “Out of my country, out of my home! How will we do it? Use your imagination.”

Do we have far-right groups in Finland? What does it say about the state of our society if a right-wing populist party like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) sees its support rise fivefold in last year’s election?

One thing that is clear about the PS is that it is anti-EU, anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam.

The way of thinking in anti-immigration parties, “this is our country so leave if you don’t like it,” is one of the reasons why integration isn’t working as effectively as it should.

One of the worst lies told about immigrants is that they do not want to adapt.

A Somali I met on Monday while interviewing the father of Abdisalam Mohamed Abdulahi revealed what we know but don’t want to admit. He speaks Finnish like a native. He’s lived in this country two thirds of his life.

“The worst thing in Finland is that if you have a different religion, culture and language, you are left on the  fringes of society,” he said. “No matter how much you try to integrate you are always left outside.”

Spreading an urban myth like “immigrants don’t want to integrate” is a very effective way to exclude whole groups and build high walls around them.

Why do we do this?

To control resources like wealth and jobs by excluding other groups.

It is no myth that excluding others and promoting social inequality is the costliest approach in social and financial terms.

  1. I am

    Hi MT, hi all

    u r always left outside, true, so true.
    *********************************************
    Thats a bitter fact.
    U cant change this fact, every thing say that u r extra here, u r not belong to here, why r u here? what u want ? leave leave leave here and goooooooooo never back here okay???
    U SAY OH NO, I WILL TRY MORE AND MORE U WILL KNOW ME ONE DAY, U WILL ACCEPT ME ONE DAY,
    U R TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN BUT IT MAKES U TO CRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN
    Ha ha ha ha dooooont u understand i dont want uuuu?
    WHY? I DO MY BEST I CANT UNDERSTAND IT?
    Hey dont search reason, i cant accept u oh just a moment i can if u made yourself a robot for me, just listen to me, never say no, be mine, be mine, be mine under my control
    I CANT
    O kaaaaay, then leave here, leaaaaaaaaaaaaave, doooooont waaaant uuu
    HAVE NO MORE TEARS FOR CRYING, MY EYES ARE TRIED, I SEE THE END OF STORY, I USED TO, BUT UUUUU MADE ME SOOOO STRONG, AM STAYING HERE, BE SURE< U R NOTHING FOR ME
    HA HA HA HA
    AND
    LA LA LA LA
    A MOER AND, YOUHOOOOOOOOOOO AM FREE AND SUCCESS
    peace and happiness to u MT, all, Finland and the sweet darling planet the earth

  2. Mary Mekko

    It’s true that India with its caste system was a very badly run society for thousands of years. Only when the British came in and enforced democratic rules on everyone did things improve and India become a decent country.

    In China, the girls and women were excluded for 6000 years from real social status of any kind. No one would argue that China was a great nation well run by its male elites. It was a chaos of poverty and desperate measures to keep women down. Only now, since the pushing of Western missionaries against foot-binding, bringing literacy and ideas of equality, is China finally emerging as a decent society – but just barely. Tens of thousands of female infants are still killed at birth or aborted in the womb, teenage girls still turned into prostitutes or sold into marriage for the family’s income or debt-paying.

    Native Americans of South and North America had organized systems of repression against “their” women, well documented by European arrivals. Outrageous… still in place.

    Africa? A sad place to be born a woman… Oprah Winfrey is trying her best, but are their own males doing anything about it? Africa will fester and boil until there’s full inclusion and integration of the females, the elimination of slavery and sports teams for all young women.

    Finland? Integration of the women is full blast ahead, perhaps further ahead than in USA. But when it comes to the female offspring of the Muslim male immigrants, we see self-segregation, where parents don’t want their daughters mixing with males of any skin color.

    It’s shameless. These immigrants’ policies will set Finland back in the stone age.

    I say, shout and yell and institute firm rules that FORCE the immigrant girls and women to work, play sports, go to school, swim and run and ride transport and everything else with boys and men. If their men don’t agree, I say, too bad. INTEGRATION AND NONEXCLUSION MUST REIGN IN FINLAND.

    Even Enrique has proclaimed it. Why be backward like the countries they come from, where females are excluded? No wonder their countries don’t advance! Force CHANGE on them and HOPE for the best.

    This has been a party political broadcast on behalf of the American Taliban

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