Comment: Migrant Tales has reported on how official institutions like the Finnish Immigration Service and the National Border Guard sometimes reinforce stereotype and racism in Finland by intentionally spreading misinformation. Such fear-mongering has been especially present concerning public discussion on the number of family reunification applicants.
According to an STT story below, an average of 239 people annually get into Finland under such schemes .
Those that are warning us about the “alarming rise” of family reunification applicants are the ones who like to use pocket calculators to predict the future. They believe that family reunification from continents like Africa is a Trojan Horse that will lead to the destruction of “white” Europe. Sounds a bit dramatic, no?
What is missing from the debate is the role that family reunification plays in helping the newcomer to establish social networks in his new home country.
Pakolaisten perheenyhdistämisissä on saapunut Suomeen vuosittain keskimäärin 329 ihmistä, ilmenee sisäministeriön tilastoista. Tieto koskee viimeisten 12 vuoden ajanjaksoa.