Posts Tagged: Finnish immigration policy

The sad case of Somalis in Finland

Below is a good example of how a public official’s comments helps strengthen racism and stereotypes of certain ethnic groups living in Finland. One of the biggest flaws in the arguments of anti-immigrant groups is that they incorrectly believe that cultures don’t change and therefore different groups are incompatible. I hope that the same stance as these far-right groups hasn’t overtaken the Finnish Immigration Service when we speak of the Somalians.

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EDITORIAL: Has racism inflicted Finland?

Taking into account the underwhelming size of the immigrant and refugee community, what have we done wrong and why are we the focus of daily insults, racism and abuse? Even the Social Democrats, the party that has championed for the rights of the working man, has aligned itself close to the True Finns in immigration policy.

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Immigration to Finland and the cold war

While history provides a good answer why Finland as a nation has shown a clear manifest unease of foreigners and outside investment, it still does not provide us with an all-encompassing answer as to why. Are we still resentful of newcomers because our language rights were granted in 1862? Is it due to the Russification period, when the Russian Empire attempted to impose the Russian language and culture on us at the cost of our precious autonomy?

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Multiculturalism in Canada and Australia

In order to clear up matters, I would like to post what multiculturalism as a social policy is in Canada and Australia. Even though Finland is not officially a multicultural country, its constitution and laws are encourage basically the same values albeit not so passionately. In the Finnish Constitution and Equality Act there is not one mention of the words “multicultural society.”

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