Posts Tagged: police

Our image of Finland to asylum seekers is too rosy and full of myths that expose ethnocentrism and hypocrisy

As a sociologist, it’s interesting to note how Finland portrays itself to outsiders. One of these presentations is a three-volume Beginners guide to Finland published by the Finnish Immigration Service (FIS). Just like the populist catchphrase maassa maan tavalla, in Rome do as the Romans do, asylum seekers and migrants are being fed myths about ourselves.

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Defining white Finnish privilege #23: Greater police powers to monitor migrants and minorities

Finnish white privilege, like any majority culture’s privilege, not only permeates in our institutions but marks the pace of how those with no privilege will be treated in this society. Granting the police greater monitoring power to carry out arbitrary checks on migrants, and subsequently non-white Finns, is a case in point in white Finnish privilege.

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Muslim woman wasn’t admitted to the Finnish police training school because she would refuse to take off her headscarf

A Muslim woman, 38, was not admitted to the police training school because she would not take off her headscarf during working hours, reports YLE in English. The woman was so disappointed with the rejection that she even contemplated leaving Finland.   Read full story here. “In the [police] interviewer’s opinion it was not possible

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Internal security secretariat head: Many racist crimes go unreported in Finland

Some migrants may not report a racist crime in Finland because of mistrust of the police, poor Finnish-language skills and ignorance of one’s rights, according to Tarja Mankkinen, director of the ministry of the interior’s internal security secretariat.  The Police College of Finland reported 918 suspected hate crimes in 2011, which is a 7% rise from

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Finnish police to have new anti-ethnic profiling guidelines in force in 2013

Rainer Hiltunen, Ombudsman for Minorities head of office, told Migrant Tales that talks have taken place with the Finnish police to draft new guidelines and more effective monitoring to ensure that ethnic profiling doesn’t happen. The new guidelines are expected to be in force in 2013.  The Ombudsman for Minorities office expressed concern in spring about higher-than-average complaints from

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