Posts Tagged: Immigrants in Finland

Family reunification: Interior Ministry calls for comments

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior recently published a working group report on the present state of family reunification of refugees and displaced persons in Finland. This report seeks to clarify the background to family reunification and to examine the prospects for amending the associated regulations. The report was prepared in response to the programme of the

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A letter from the brother of the Somali victim of Oulu, Finland

Migrant Tales was surprised Thursday evening to get a message from the brother of the Somali victim who died tragically in Oulu, Finland, this week after trying to flee from three people who barged into his home with a metal pipe. At the most, the three suspects will be charged with manslaughter (kuolemantuottamus).

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YLE: Maahanmuuttajaehdokkaita yhä vain kourallinen

Maahanmuutto on yksi eduskuntavaalien kuumimmista puheenaiheista. Maahanmuuttajaehdokkaita on kuitenkin vaaleissa vain 45. Määrä riippuu myös laskutavasta. Maahanmuuttajaksi on laskettu myös ehdokkaita, joiden isä tai äiti on ulkomaalainen.

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Verkkouutiset: Stubb: Maahanmuuttokeskustelun ilmapiiri ahdistava

Comment: It is not the first time that Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb has taken a strong stand against the xenophobia, racism and ignorance that too often characterizes the ongoing debate on immigrants and immigration to Finland.  About a month before the election on April 17,  it not only takes leadership but guts to speak out

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Opettaja: Lukijakysely: Maahanmuuttajat ovat kouluille rikkaus ja rasite

Lukijakysely: Maahanmuuttajat ovat kouluille rikkaus ja rasite. Kolmannes riittäisi osuudeksi Väkivalta lisääntyy, kantaväestön ja ja maahanmuuttajien välit kiristyvät ja opettajat siirtyvät muihin kouluihin, kun maahanmuuttajien osuus koulun oppilaista kasvaa suureksi. Lähes joka toisen opettajan mielestä maahanmuuttajien määrä pitäisi koulussa rajata 20–30 prosenttiin.

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Etelä-Suomen Sanomat: Ulkomaalaisten rikokset kuohuttavat

Comment: Here is an interesting story about crime and immigrants. Human rights activist and lawyer, Hussein Muhammed, gives his take on the problem. One of the big issues whenever an immigrant commits a crime is that the whole groups is labelled. One way of lowering crime would be a more effective family reunification policy, which

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Finland’s immigration policy must look beyond Europe

One of the biggest challenges facing Finland in the next few decades will be defining what role immigrants will play in our society. Anti-immigration groups like the True Finns would like to place immigrants under a magnifying glass (see Nuiva campaign document) while other parties have taken more lukewarm stances.

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Success stories of immigrants in Finland

Migrant Tales would be interested in publishing cases of immigrants and refugees that have succeeded and adapted well to Finland. There are many cases out there and we’d like to hear your story. Why? Because your example would take steam off anti-immigrant parties like the True Finns and other ones who only see red when you mention the word maahanmuuttaja.

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Hyvä Homma: Suomalainen Unelma

Comment: The Green Party has started a rival website to  Hommaforum called Hyvä Homma. It is supposed to be a forum where immigrants and refugees can give their point of view. This is an excellent idea considering that the overwhelming majority taking part in the ongoing debate are Finns and the True Finns with very

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Ten points for journalists when writing on immigrants and refugees

Ten good points to keep for journalists to keep in mind when writing about immigrants and refugees:

1. Study as much as you can the group you are going to write on. Reading up means getting in touch with people from that community and spending time with them. You would be surprised by how many new angles emerge. Being as objective as possible when writing a story on immigrants means throwing away or keeping at bay your suspicions and prejudice. In short it means for you to take that group’s views as well.

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YLE: Erilaisuus pelotti ja puhutti yhä enemmän

Maahanmuuttokriittisyys, uskonnollisten ja seksuaalisten vähemmistöjen asema sekä koulutuspolitiikka olivat vuoden 2010 puheenaiheita. Maahanmuuttajien määrä oli kymmenkertaistunut 20 vuodessa, mutta kuka tai mikä hyväksyttiin suomalaiseksi, ja mitä yritettiin pitkin hampain sietää? Entä mitä koulutuspolitiikan muutokset kertovat käsityksestämme tulevaisuuden Suomesta?

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YLE: Maahanmuuttajanuoret kouluttautuvat huonosti

Maahanmuuttajanuoret kouluttautuvat selvästi huonommin kuin syntyperäiset suomalaiset. Suurin ero näkyy pelkän peruskoulun suorittaneiden määrissä. Maahanmuuttajista yli neljännes jättää koulunkäynnin peruskouluun, syntyperäisistä suomalaisista noin 15 prosenttia.

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Why integration does not work effectively in Finland

One of the most important matters for immigrants and their children is to find a place in society. This can be done through work (opportunity) and most importantly by acceptance. In the same way, some immigrants that move to Finland have to adjust to a whole new type of society based on cultural diversity.

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YLE: Tamara Suzin käännytys keskeytettiin

Kouvolassa asuvan iäkkään venäläisnaisen Tamara Suzin käännytys on keskeytetty. Euroopan ihmisoikeustuomioistuin antoi tiistaina välipäätöksen, joka estää Suzin käännytyksen Venäjälle toistaiseksi.

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YLE: Närpes Becomes Magnet for Immigrants

The western town of Närpes in Ostrobothnia has become a model for the successful integration of immigrants, reports YLE. Home to more than 30 nationalities, today one in ten inhabitants of this small town have foreign roots.

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Racists out of the Finnish closet

If I had to ask a question about racism today in Finland, I would try to understand its extent and how it manifests itself. Why has racism raised its head today in Finland? Should we thank those that have exposed this murky side of ourselves?

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Arsonists attack Buddhist temple in Finland

The attack by arsonists of a Buddhist temple in Turku’s Moisio’s district is another worrisome sign of how a deranged group of people can soil Finland’s good name. If there is any finger pointing for what has happened, it should go to some Finnish politicians who, owing to the April 2011 elections, have incited and encouarged such acts in Finland.

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How exploited are immigrants in Finland?

I spoke with an SDP MP recently about how Finland had turned into a two-tier market, where small- and medium-sized companies were exploiting immigrant employees by overworking and grossly underpaying them.

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The mea culpa of a former Finnish immigrant basher

There was a very interesting interview of former anti-immigration Muutos 2011 president, Juha Mäki-Ketelä, in Suomen Kuvalehti, who surprisingly resigned in July. Muutos 2011 is close to registering as a political party to take part in the April 2011 elections. Its campaign platform is strongly based on the usual anti-immigration rhetoric found in similar xenophobic and ultra-nationalist parties in Europe.

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MTV3 poll shows Finns do not want more refugees in their municipality

A poll published by MTV3 on December 12 showed that the majority of Finns do not want their municipality to accept refugees. Even though 34% had no opinion on the matter, 46% said they were either against or very much against their municipality accepting refugees. Only 20% were either in favor or very much in favor of accepting refugees.

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How do some Finns discriminate?

In countries such as the United States and Brazil the term “race” is used to find out the ethnic diversity of their societies. While it is unclear why Brazil classifies in its census people from different ethnicities, in the United States it is done when drawing up electoral districts.

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Immigrants in Finland must have a voice

One may ask why unemployment among foreigners was three-fold higher than the national average of 7.6% in the month of August. Certainly those that take a stricter view on the role of immigrants in Finland may claim that it is due to lack of language, culture and job skills.

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Is multiculturalism good for Finland?

One of the surprising matters about the debate on multiculturalism is how little we understand the basic terms. Take for instance the term multicultural. Does it only mean a society comprised physically of many (multi) cultures? Or is it a policy that facilitates the participation of immigrants and ethnic minorities in a society?

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