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Are there positive initiatives to improve/support poor educational provision for migrant and minority groups?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
22/02/2012 - 13:35
Short Answer

Yes, there are positive elements in Finnish educational system that aim to support migrant and minority groups.

Qualitative Info

Immigrant children of compulsory school age and pre-school age are as a rule offered instruction preparing them for basic education. The objective is to support the pupils’ balanced development and integration into Finnish society and to give them the necessary skills to enable them to attend basic education. Immigrant pupils typically attend instruction preparing them for basic education for 6 to 18 months before transferring to a mainstream class. Furthermore, all education takes into consideration the fact that pupils are different in terms of their learning capabilities and background. In case a pupil has learning difficulties, he/she is entitled to special education.


Religious education is provided in accordance with pupils own religion upon request from their parents, if there are more than three pupils of the same religion in class.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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