Here is an interesting 18:18-minute video on some interviews of second- to fourth-generation Finnish Americans who give their insight on immigration.
Two comments I liked were by Dan Karvonen, a fourth-generation Finnish American, and second-generation American Eric Salonen.
Karvonen said that when people in the United States criticize immigrants for bringing their relatives and friends they forget that that was exactly what Finns did 150 years ago. “Many siblings and friends came from the same place (in Finland),” he said.
Karvonen believes that eventually the stigma of being an immigrant will go away because their children will be part of society.
Salonen asked the following question, which is topical in Finland and elsewhere in Europe: “Too many… politicians who are obviously using the (immigrant) issue simply to gain political advantage and that don’t really have any realistic proposals in mind. And so where are we going to find people who are actually seriously address the issue?”
I would like to thank Gerry Luoma Henkel for sending me the video clip. He is editor of New World Finn.