Migrant Tales will begin to publish Finnish tabloid ads* (lööppi in Finnish) from the 1990s. Taking into account that Finland’s immigrant population started to grow during that decade, it is easy at least through the main stories of a tabloids Ilta-Sanomat and Iltalehti to see how they reflected some people’s xenophobic and racist views.
We apologize to readers for the racist and xenophobic content of the material. Our intention is not to spread these social ills but to exposed it.
This tabloid ad below warns readers that mafia gangs are making their way into Finland as refugees. Back in the 1990s, the term refugee, or pakolainen in Finnish, was seen in a very negative light. Some Finns back then could not even make the distinction between refugee and foreigner. They were seen as one group.
As a social illness, xenophobia and racism leave open wounds and scars on society. We don’t have to search far to find them because they exist right under our noses. Xenophobia and racism leave lots of witnesses. The only question is if we want to hear their evidence in society’s witness box.
*Migration Institute archive.