Finland: Enter at your own risk or beware of dog!

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By Enrique Tessieri

Rabbah Boussuira is an artist and an old friend that was able draw a snapshot of the hostility that inflicted Finnish society in the early 1980s. What is sad is that that same drawing could apply today. About 25 years ago, anti-foreign sentiment was all around but today it has found a home in the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party. 

Instead of inviting immigrants to work to Finland, why not avoid problems and put up a sign like the one below at the border?  The sign could read in all the major languages: “Beware of dog” or “Enter at your own risk.”

Even though Finland's immigrant population has grown by ten times since 1984, when Strange Days was published, the ongoing one-sided debate on immigrants makes this drawing still valid by Rabbah Boussuira.