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Discrimination, Harassment and Racism in Finnish Lower Secondary Schools

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Tuomas Zacheus ,

Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE), University of Turku, Turku, FI
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Mira Kalalahti,

Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
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Janne Varjo,

Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
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Minna Saarinen,

Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
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Markku Jahnukainen,

Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
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Marja-Liisa Mäkelä,

Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE), University of Turku, Turku, FI
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Joel Kivirauma

Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE), University of Turku, Turku, FI
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Abstract

In this article, we examine the experiences of students in the ninth grade (aged 15–16 years) in relation to harassment, discrimination and racism. The study was carried out at eight Finnish lower secondary schools with a high proportion of students with an immigrant background in 2015. The sample consisted of survey data (n = 445) and thematic interviews (n = 112) conducted with young people of Finnish and immigrant origins. Approximately one-quarter of the respondents said that they had been harassed or discriminated against at schools, and one-tenth had experienced this behaviour in their free time. In addition, almost half of the young people thought that discrimination is widespread in Finland. The more often a student experienced discrimination, the less they liked school. Experiences of harassment, discrimination and racism were especially downplayed when the respondent was the target.
How to Cite: Zacheus, T., Kalalahti, M., Varjo, J., Saarinen, M., Jahnukainen, M., Mäkelä, M.-L. and Kivirauma, J., 2019. Discrimination, Harassment and Racism in Finnish Lower Secondary Schools. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 9(1), pp.81–98. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0004
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Published on 01 Mar 2019.
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