Getting a job does not scare me, it is what happens after that raises concern

by , under Enrique Tessieri

If we look at the many stories of job discrimination that we have published in Migrant Tales, one factor links them: despair and the police, which too often look the other way. 

Considering the underwhelming effort the police have made in challenging human trafficking, labor discrimination, hate speech, and other social ills, why would a victim trust the police?

There are too many cases involing the latter social ills and too little done by the authorities. If the situation is dire, and employers can get away relatively easily with exploitation of workers and human trafficking, imagine when more labor migrants come to Finland. Will the police continue to bury its head in the sand and will the media take labor discrimination and exploitation seriously apart from an occasional story?

Migrant Tales has written scores of stories about an ongoing problem: slow due justice.

Remember the case of the white Finn who threw water from her porch at two black women? What about the case of a young Iraqi who was assaulted by townspeople near Teuva?

While the Corona pandemic may have slowed down the latter case, there is an underlying message in most of these cases by the authorities: You are not important because you are a second-class member of society also openly promoted by Islamophobic parties like the Perussuomalaiset.*

Just like Migrant Tales on the abuses committed by asylum reception centers from 2015, the rising number of migrants entering the job market will reveal widespread abuses and shortcomings.

I am ready to report on these cases and expose these cases.


See also


The conviction of a businessman to a year and ten months jail sentence is not only an example but a warning that labor exploitation and human trafficking are serious problems.