Thursday, February 9, 2012

Finnish Somalis: No improvement in discrimination

From Europe News:

Finnish Somalis: No improvement in discrimination 8 February 2012
An EU study shows Finland's Somali community still faces a great deal of discrimination. To improve the situation Finnish Somalis are coming together regularly in Helsinki to make their voices better heard in Finnish society.
On the last Wednesday of every month a Somali club gathers at the Caisa international cultural centre in Helsinki. This is a forum for the 13,000 Somalis living in Finland and a place where Somalis from all walks of life can voice their opinions.
Saido Mohamed works at the Finnish League for Human Rights, where she is part of a female circumcision prevention team. She says the Finnish Somali community has learned to work together despite its share of differences.
The importance of banding together is highlighted by EU statistics that show Finnish Somalis are one the most discriminated groups in Europe. Half of people of Somali backgrounds in Finland say they have experienced discrimination in the past year. Prejudice is most often encountered in the job market. (...)

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