Posts Tagged: Somalis

Nura Farah: A blooming flower with a pen that many aimed to destroy

There is an interesting interview of Nura Farah, Finland’s first Somali-born writer, who speaks openly about growing up as a black person in this country from the 1990s, when even middle-school teachers took part in the racist bullying of non-white Finns. Racist bullying and racism are white privilege weapons used by this society to destroy

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Finnish tabloid media’s dubious “achievment” is spreading intolerance

The Finnish tabloid media has the dubious “honor” for having spread intolerance in Finland by giving populists and racists inflated respectability and importance. If we look at some of the billboards that tabloids published in the 1990s, it’s clear that they were responsible for spreading racism and prejudice in Finland.   Take for instance the most

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So a PS councilman of Lieksa, Finland, wants a “Somali-free” room…

Roble Bashir We need a Somali-free meeting room today in the eastern Finnish town of Lieksa, according to a Perussuomalaiset (PS) councilman Esko Saastamoinen. Somali-free town tomorrow or Somali- free country after tomorrow?  Why do they hate us so much? Illustration by Sebastian L. Jackson for Migrant Tales. Many times I wonder what is wrong

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Meet the Somalis – the illustrated stories of Somalis in seven cities in Europe

The Open Society Foundations have recently published a fascinating set of seven illustrated stories, called ‘meet the Somalis‘, covering the experiences of Somalis living in cities across Europe. On November 21, this will coincide with the publishing of the Foundations’ research report “Somalis in Helsinki”. To quote the Foundation’s website: “The Somali community in Europe

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How tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat reinforce our prejudices against immigrants and refugees

Tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat have a lot to learn about fairness, which is the cornerstone of all good news reporting. But tabloids aren’t interested in fairness but in sensationalism. A story by Ilta-Sanomat is headlined: ”Two Somalis use [fake] Yemeni passports to travel to Finland.”  Even if the story suggests that these Somalis are committing a crime

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Record number of immigrants become Finnish citizens in 2012

A record number of immigrants got Finnish citizen in 2012, rising by 4,530 to 9,090 persons, according to Statistics Finland. The lion’s share of these naturalized Finns were Russians (2,480) followed by Somalis (610), Estonians (520) and Afghanis.  While citizenship grants many rights to an immigrant, it does not mean that the person will be

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FIS: Somali family reunifications plummeted to just over 500 in 2012

The number of Somali family reunification applications in 2012 plummeted to just over 500 application compared with 1,900 in the previous year and 3,900 in 2010, reports Helsingin Sanomat, citing the Finnish Immigration Service (FIS).   There were a total of 8,600 applications in 2012. The highest number were from were from citizens of the

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FRA: Hate crime a daily matter in the European Union

Two recent reports published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) confirm that hate crime happens daily throughout the European Union (EU). One of the reports reveals that 32% of Somalis interviewed by the agency that live in Finland reported being victims of hate crimes during the past 12 months. Other countries in

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Finnish Lutheran Church says family reunification from Africa is costly and dangerous

Archbishop Kari Mäkinen said that family reunification of Africans with their families in Finland is not only costly but dangerous, reports YLE. Since Finland does not have an embassy in war-ravaged Somalia, Somalis are required to apply for residence permits in neighboring Ethiopia or Kenya.  The Finnish Immigration Service has a backlog of about 10,000

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Feeding Somalis and poor immigrants to the loan sharks of Finland

Migrant Tales wrote in May about the high cost, hassle and red tape some Somalis face to bring their relatives to Finland. Since it appears that the aim of the immigration authorities and politicians is to make family reunification as expensive and difficult as possible, some immigrants are being fed to the loan sharks as

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Somali-Finn Abdulah: Living in no-man’s land (Part I)

Even if I have never met Abdulah* in person but only by phone and through his comments on Migrant Tales, it’s as if we’ve known each other for a long time. Abdulah moved to Finland from Somalia in 1990 with his parents and six sisters. He was eight at the time.  When Abdulah came to

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Selling xenophobia and racism in Finnish tabloids in the 1990s

The early 1990s were a gruesome time for Finland for a number of reasons. Apart from suffering one of its worst-ever recessions in a century, the ugly face of racism become ever-public. Fortunately at the time, immigrants accounted for less than 1% of the total population so there weren’t too many around to blame except for Russians, Estonians, Roma, blacks and Somalis in the tabloids.

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Another Somali youth dies this time in Espoo, Finland

Only about three weeks after the tragic death of a Somali national in Oulu, when he attempted to escape from three Finns that barged into his home, Migrant Tales has heard yet another death apparently of a Somali youth in Espoo, who died Friday morning.

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Suomen Somaali Portaaliksi: Onko minun äänelläni merkitystä?

Eduskuntavaaleihin on jäljellä enää neljä kuukautta. Ennakkoäänestämisen ja vaalipäivän lähestyessä puolueet ja heidän ehdokkaansa ovat kiihdyttäneet vaalikampanjoitaan. Pyrkiessään kalastelemaan mahdollisemman suuren äänisaaliin ehdokkaat lupaavat muutoksia potentiaalisille tukijoilleen.

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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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