Posts Tagged: ethnic diversity

Aren’t white Finns a part of our culturally diverse society? How the media frames “us” and “them”

One interesting matter that pops up when speaking of multicultural Finland is how media like YLE picture such a state. Where, for example, is the white Finn in the picture below? Why isn’t there a representative of the white Finnish community in the picture?

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What does Finland fear as its society becomes more culturally and ethnically diverse?

What do you think are the main issues that migrants and minorities face in Finland? Is the majority population having a difficult time sharing public spaces with migrants and minorities? Are Finns suspicious of difference? Do they fear that they’ll lose power and privilege as our society becomes ever-culturally and ethnically diverse?* One of the

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Helsinki Times: A rebuttal to Ville Tavio

An op-ed piece published by the Helsinki Times on April 11 by Finns Party (PS) MP Ville Taavio is a good example of why migrants, minorities and sensible Finns should react and be concerned about the type of country some politicians want to steer Finland towards becoming.

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[Finland 100 series: What is “Finnish-ness”?] Interview with Enrique: journalist, sociologist, and editor at Migrant Tales

The Hieno! is the official partner of the Finland 100 independence programme:What is “Finnish-ness”?  led by the Prime Minister’s Office. Today we have the huge privilege of having Enrique Tessieri as our second interviewee. You can read the original interview here. Enrique Tessieri is a journalist and sociologist who writes and researches immigration topics like Finnish

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The PS claws to racism and bigotry because it has lost its vain hope to keep Finland white

The Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is fuming attempting to get the maximum political mileage from its recent racist and bigoted outbursts by playing down such social ills and prop up its poor standings in the polls.

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We have the means to challenge and beat xenophobia and fascism in today’s Europe

Even if we should be concerned about the rise of xenophobia and fascism, which disguises itself with populist anti-immigration rhetoric in Europe, there’s one matter that should worry us the most: silence and apathy.

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Why are integration programs in Finland doomed to failure?

Here’s the billion-euro question: Why are integration programs in Finland usually doomed to failure? What can Finland and Europe learn from countries like Canada that have a more successful approach to integration?

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Why do some dark-skinned children in Finland fear the sun?

There are many ways to measure how racism works on a day-by-day level and structurally in our society. Umayya Abu-Hanna wrote a while back how Finland’s middle class makes sure that migrants and minorities can never compete economically, politically and culturally on an equal level with white Finns.

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