Organisations will be awarded for their good work with young immigrants.

The Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations (ETNO) is an expert body appointed by the Finnish Government. The mission of ETNO is to promote good ethnic relations and to function as an expert in the field of immigration policy and in development of ethnic equality. The role also includes promoting the involvement of immigrants in the society and supporting their own organisational activities. ETNO also works as a publicity agent for the idea which sees ethnic diversity as an asset for the society. ETNO has seven regional sub branches, one of them located in the Tampere Region.

The regional ETNO set a challenge for local organisations, associations and clubs to inform on all good ideas and practices of how to encourage young people with immigrant background to join in. We also asked them to share with us the positive examples on the cooperation between native population and immigrants. The aim of the challenge was to share information and pass on best ideas and practices to other organisations or at least to show to the public that good work to promote social integration can be done in many ways. In many cases the practices rise naturally from everyday activities of the organisations without even thinking about social integration of immigrants or other such matters. Then again in some cases an organisation can have a well thought out plan to make immigrants feel welcome in their organisation and in the society as a whole. We wanted to learn from all ideas and practices, both the well planned and the unplanned.

The criteria according to which the winning ideas are selected reflects some of the ETNO´s principles regarding the young and the activities targeted at them: The voice of the young people must be heard; The whole family should be included; Zero tolerance against racism; Barriers for joining in must be low; Economical obstacles for joining the activity must be reduced; Equality between girls and boys must be promoted. The organisation that has taken these principles into account and has proven to be a well-rounded player in the field of promoting tolerance and involving the young into organisational activities will be a strong contender for the award.
The challenge campaign has continued the whole spring 2013 and the winners will be announced shortly. The organisations that present the best ideas and practices will be awarded with encouragement stipends in the award ceremony on Tuesday September 10th at the Finnish Cultural Evening, which is one of the Social Events of Metropolis 2013. The evening will be held in Vapriikki Museum Centre, which is an interesting milieu for any occasion.

Johannes Leskelä
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment / Immigration Unit, ETNO

Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)