Maija Salmi (b. 1985) is a Finnish-born journalist specializing in Spanish and Latin American issues.
Salmi studied in Santiago de Chile and after working almost a decade in Spain, she now lives a part of the year in Finland. She currently works as a freelancer for several Finnish magazines and newspapers.
Salmi has worked in many Latin American countries, but has spent most of her time in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Her special focus is in subjects considering immigration and human rights. She has for instance covered stories of immigration in the Spanish-Moroccan border in Ceuta and Melilla, female homicides in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, jihadism in Ceuta, Spain and prostitution in Cuba.
After spending over a year investigating the life threatening routes the Central American migrants have to follow with the cargo trains known as Beasts to reach the US, she published a book roughly translated as ”The Beast Train – Journey Towards The American Dream” (Paholaisen juna – matkalla kohti amerikkalaista unelmaa). It was one of the ten candidates to win the best non-fiction book prize, Kanava, in 2015.
Salmi’s way of working is close to that of an anthropologist. She is not keen on working on a fast pace, instead she spends a lot of time with each topic. She rarely uses fixers and she believes that her most important job as a journalist is to explain why rather than what.
She is fluent in Finnish, Spanish, English, German and can understand Swedish, Italian and Portuguese.