Last week I received a couple questions, one was from my friend, and the other was from a news agency. These questions were about the sexual harassment that happened during the celebrations on New Year’s Eve .
The moment I heard what had happened I felt really embarrassed, ashamed, and sad. I was shocked when I heard some of these actions might have been committed by immigrants as this is not the moral that we are brought up on, and especially not toward people who hhave been very kind and respected us and given us a chance to be in a safe place.
There is no doubt most immigrants face abnormal conditions due to several reasons. The war and the political crisis in our world destroy many things in our societies, for instance a new culture and values of close minded thinking have appeared among people with low educational level.
For example, since the war in 2003 in Iraq, women are more restricted in their behaviors because they are afraid of being kidnapped, also it is not allowed to be outside their homes unail late in the night.
In addition, we live in conservative societies and there are some boundaries between men and women, so misunderstandings of behaviors may happen between two different cultures. One of them is open and the other one is closed. For example, in our culture when a woman dances with a man, it means that she flirts with him.
I think we need to make the new immigrants aware about Finnish law, Finnish society and traditions to make them understand the Finnish people and leran how to coexist in the Finnish society.
However, there are some bad people among the immigrants and for sure we must trust the Finnish police and all the security workers who know their job very well. I hope to find solutions for this phenomenon.
Please feel free to ask me if you have any question. I will try to clarify what is going exactly from the immigrants point of view.
Thanks to all who commented on my previous blog posts. Due to some technical issues they were not visible to me until yesterday. I really liked all your opinions and responses. I will try to answer all the questions in the near future. I wish all the best to you.
One of immigrants,