Friday, 1 April 2011

98th issue: Finland for immigrants

Under the elections there has been lot's of talking about immigrants and that "They come and live with our money". Today Finnish newspaper Iltalehti wrote about Burundi born Antoinette Batumubwira who was in Finland as an immigrant years 2002 to 2005. Before Finland the Batumubwira family lived in South Africa.

After moving to Finland, Batumubwira tells in the interview that everything went very good: her children could study and otherwise everything was organized. But then some new problem jumped up: she was not able to find a job and ended up being unemployed. 

Happy ending after all

After things got a bit settled down in Burundi, Batumubwira family moved back to their home country. And what happened: Antoinette became Burundi's Foreign Minister! She served her country with this title years 2005-2009.

 Imagine, maybe Finland gave a good base for Batumubwira. Maybe she got some other perspective from Finland and could go and share this knowledge with her country.

We, as Finnish people should think this as our win as well: maybe Batumubwira didn't have a job, but maybe she learnt something more valuable from our system!

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