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More Finnish-born Kids Speak no Finnish or Swedish


There has been an issue that more Finnish-born Kids speak no Finnish or Swedish because their parents are not able to speak Finnish either:

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Could it mean that the Finnish language will disappear in the distant future?
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That is shocking, how hell wont the finnish kids learn finnish! Thats disgusting, iam for one making sure my daughter learns finnish aswel as english.
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I think that's crazy. Someone told me that children of refugees who are born in Finland get Finnish citizenship (I haven't checked the facts) but if they can't speak the language of the country, don't you think that's wrong. I feel quite strongly about this and I find it appalling. Why wouldn't you want your child to learn the language of the country you live in, when it's so much easier for them to learn it than an adults?

I just don't get it... This is beyond me! Even in the US, where I've lived for a long time, kids of immigrant parents learn the language even if the parents don't speak a word of English. The kids then end up being the interpreter between the parents and the society, but if you don't know the language and your kids don't know it either, then who's going to take care of your matters.

I couldn't believe this article when I saw it, but in a way it does make sense. I don't think the Finnish society has the resources to deal with this issue though and someone in the parliament has to do something about it.

Been actually thinking of getting into politics myself and supporting a huge overhaul on the immigration policies and this 'kotoutus' stuff...
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Yes i agree, Finnish people should speak Finnish and any other language that is helpful in business or travel should come secondary. I live in Canada atm and when people come here we expect them to speak english. (or french) So reading that was a little shocking.

As for refugee children granted citizenship, I believe even if your born in Finland the citizenship of your parents announces yours. I have been wrong before though. Wouldn't that be a total poke in the good eye for anyone who is trying hard to learn the language and intergrate into Finnish society only to be trumped in line by some fugee' who showed up on the airbus cos their country sucks...?
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