Discrimination, harassment and racism in Finnish lower secondary schools

Tuomas Zacheus, Mira Miina Marjukka Kalalahti, Janne Tapani Varjo, Minna Kristiina Saarinen, Markku Tapani Jahnukainen, Marja-Liisa Mäkelä, Joel Kivirauma

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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.
TidskriftNordic Journal of Migration Research
Sidor (från-till)81-98
Antal sidor18
StatusPublicerad - 4 apr. 2019
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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