Defining white Finnish privilege #8: Underrated and less intelligent

by , under Enrique Tessieri

In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. Migrant Tales invites readers to contribute their thoughts on the social ill.

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Read Anonymous’ two poems here.


Definition #8

Anonymous has shared many of her poetry with us on Migrant Tales. Speaking to her for months on the phone, one senses that the only shield she has is her poetry. She wanted to succeed so hard in Finland and ended up in an asylum. Her only shield is her poetry.

Anonymous said that one problem about being a migrant in Finland is that you are usually underrated and considered less intelligent than Finns. You’ll be asking for trouble if you question a Finnish teacher’s knowledge and authority.

Despite everything that has happened, Anonymous still wants to succeed at school and make it in Finland. Studying, getting a profession and finding work is an uphill battle for many migrants but it is a task that must be taken unless you want to live on the periphery of society, according to her.

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