Along with Finland’s increasing diversity has come an effort to strengthen the influence immigrants have on the direction of society.
Just some 30 years ago, seeing a person of foreign ethnic background in Finland was a rare thing. Since then, an influx of immigrants has made the landscape much more colourful. The rainbow extends from the Russians and Estonians who make up most incomers, to Somalians and Chinese, Thais and Turks, and also Latin Americans, just to name a few. But within these growing numbers, the societal influence remains limited. Thus, organisational efforts are arising to give these groups a stronger voice in a still very Finn-dominated society.