A1 Journal article – refereed

Discrimination, Harassment and Racism in Finnish Lower Secondary Schools




List of Authors: Tuomas Zacheus, Mira Kalalahti, Janne Varjo, Minna Saarinen, Markku Jahnukainen, Marja-Liisa Mäkelä, Joel Kivirauma

Publisher: DE GRUYTER POLAND

Publication year: 2019

Journal: Nordic Journal of Migration Research

Journal name in source: NORDIC JOURNAL OF MIGRATION RESEARCH

Journal acronym: NORD J MIGR RES

Volume number: 9

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 18

ISSN: 1799-649X

eISSN: 1799-649X

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0004

URL: https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/njmr/9/1/article-p81.xml


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.

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