By JusticeDemon* Dr Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki Department of Geography, had the following letter printed in the Opinions column of Finland’s leading national daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday 23 August 2009. The sub-editor chose to print this letter under the heading Finnishness is taboo to the Swedes. The…
Before answering the question, let’s take a look at how some scholars define the three important modes in which a minority adapts to a new society. In Finland, there is a lot of confusion about what is meant by integration. When politicians speak of integration of immigrants are they referring to assimilation, which is one-way adaption without creating any waves?
There is an interesting (long) article in a recent issue of Time that writes about the rise of the far-right in Europe. One of the favorite shooting grounds of these parties are immigrants in general and Muslims in particular.
A story in Nelosuutiset yesterday about the “worrying amount” of immigrants taking part in the national athletics championships, Kalevankisat, was a perfect example of the scaremongering practiced by some members of the Finnish media.