Podcast: The Duck Pond #10 – En tillbakablick


I det sista avsnittet av serien The Duck Pond blickar Gregory Pellechi tillbaka på de tidigare avsnitten tillsammans med Kommunförbundets svenskspråkiga invandrarkoordinator Liselott Sundbäck och funderar på vad som avhandlats och vad man lärt sig under processens gång.

The Duck Pond Episode 10

Season one of The Duck Pond concludes with a chat between Gregory Pellechi and his boss and integration specialist Liselott Sundbäck. Together they look back at all that’s occurred during the show and what they learned from the process.

Much of the process of creating this podcast has been a conversation. Not just between me and my guests, but with Liselott. She’s been a sounding board for many of my ideas and thoughts about integration. Each of us came from a different perspective in terms of integration, I as an immigrant, and Liselott as an activist.

That dynamic provided the podcast not just with contacts throughout Finland, but a broader concept for its creation. It would have been very easy for me to remain insular and focus on the aspects of integration that are most reflective of my experience. But integration is not just what I’m experiencing.

Conversely, my experience being a western, well-educated immigrant is not the standard integration narrative that the Finnish government focuses on. The difficulties I face add to the complexities of the situation. Those working on matters of integration have an even more difficult job to even just discuss integration because of the inherent diversity.

The Svenska Integrationsdagar that Liselott organized is a prime example of how difficult it is to have a conversation about integration. Everyone there was concerned with a different facet, be it children, education, work, benefits, language or culture. Which is why there’s easily enough to explore for a second season of The Duck Pond.

That said, I didn’t always get to explore particular topics as in-depth as I would have liked. But my final conversation with Liselott did much to resolve that. While it may run long compared to other episodes I cannot think of a better way to sum up this season and everything I’ve encountered.

Thank you to everyone that sat down with me for an interview, including: Alexandr Foy, Anita Sahlström, Anna-Kaisa Koivikko, Annette Jansson, the students of Arbis, Corinna Tammenmaa, Erik Holmqvist, Farid Karimi, the staff of Folkhälsan, members of the General Public, the students of Hanken, Ida Schaumann, Ina Biström, Johanna Fogelström, Katri Saarikivi, Liselott Sundbäck, Charlotte and Tina from Luckan, my wife Nora Lindström, Pävi Ruotsala, Pasi Saukkonen, Philip Teir, Pia Polsa, Sari Pöyhönen, Satu Salonen, Stephanie Lindberg, Stig-Erik Herrgård, Susanne Osterlund-Pötzsch, Tobias Pötzsch, Tuomas Martikainen, the students of Vasa Evangeliska Folkhogskola, Veronica Kalhori, and Zumir Becevic.