Posts Tagged: Finland

A call to inclusion but there is no room for such words today

Finland’s has a long and rich migrant history, and this should help guide us to build an inclusive and just country as our society becomes ever-culturally and ethnically diverse during this century.

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Asylum seeker in detention cell 406: Administrative court halts deportation order temporarily

After a nerve-racking week, The Administrative Court has stopped temporarily deportation proceedings of Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Lappeenranta, Finland.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Racism is everywhere. Our denial allows us to pin it on one group

“When people speak of racism in Finland they refer to the Perussuomalaiset* and Blue Reform. They do so to wash their hands of the social ill by claiming that it is a minority fringe group that is the country’s racism problem. Racism is everywhere in Finland and so well-entrenched that it forms part of our

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Asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “[I] just [want] to be in [a] safe place and live in peace”

I asked on Saturday the young Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 to show with pictures his world which is now reduced to a barred window that exposes some buildings and the rainy overcast day. He messaged that he’s “just nervous and stressed about the next week what will happen.”  

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Sooma haboono Rosa Emilia Clay ina la hello wado laku soo xasuusto (1875-1959). Maxaa diiday Finland ina lagu arko wado lagu so xasuusto Rosa Emilia Clay?

Waa ruuxi uku horeeye oo muwaadin Finlandes noqday 1899, oona ah qof madow asalkeeda. Rosa Emilia Clayna ina la hello wadoyin waawen ina magaceeda laku qoro si xasuusta laku daro.

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Why isn’t there any street in Finland named after Rosa Emilia Clay (1875-1959)?

Here’s a very simple question: Why isn’t there in Finland any street named after Rosa Emilia Clay, the first African naturalized Finn in 1899? There is no street in Tampere that carries her name, where she resided shortly after migrating to the United States, and in Mustinlahti, where she was an elementary school teacher. 

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Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “Migri doesn’t believe I’m a Christian”

 Just like the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) proclaims violent countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia to be “safe” for such nationals but not for Finns, they don’t have any problems about deporting you back to such countries if you are a Christian. If what Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Lappeenranta states is correct, his life is in danger if deported as a Christian back to his former home country. 

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Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406: “I fear they will deport me next week”

We published last week a story about Iraqi asylum seeker in detention cell 406 in Lappeenranta, Finland. He was detained on October 23 in the eastern Finnish city of Mikkeli by the police and sent to Lappeenranta. 

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