Exposing white Finnish privilege #52: Having no privilege is dangerous

by , under Enrique Tessieri

A report commissioned by the Finnish ministry of the interior revealed that migrants are 2.5 times more likely than white Finns to be assaulted, reports YLE News

Another study published in 2014 by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), showed that first-generation immigrants at school are more likely to experience bullying, physical threats and sexual harassment than white Finns.

Even if violence and harassment of migrants are too common in Finland, the report published by the ministry of the interior claims that “very little is known about the relative security of different groups in society.” In its survey, THL admitted in their study that there has been up to know very little information about this groups of minors who have foreign-born parents.

While it is a good matter that Finland wakes up to the ogre of racism and the violence it sows in society, that the results of these studies “surprise” officials reveal, in my opinion, a heavy dose of denial and the unwillingness to do anything effective to challenge the problem. White privilege must numb and discourage them to act effectively.


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White Finnish privilege #52

While Finnish privilege not only permits you to keep your social entitlements, it guards you better from violence unless you are a woman.

Finland places much emphasis on gender equality but still women in Finland, after Denmark and Latvia, experience the highest violence in the EU. While the study by the ministry of interior cites immigrants, it is pretty clear that the ones that experience the greater violence are migrant women.

The study states that migrants from Africa and the Middle East are the most likely to face assault in Finland.

The first step we must take to eradicate violence towards migrants and women is to deal with society’s denial and exceptionalism, which are supported by white Finnish privilege.

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  1. intternetnetsi

    So when migrants assault migrants is somehow white priviledge?

    ” Huomioitaessa uhrien ikä- ja sukupuolijakaumat, maahanmuuttajien
    osuus kantaväestön uhreista vastasi väestöosuutta. Kantaväestön tekemät
    pahoinpitelyt eivät siten olleet kohdistuneet maahanmuuttajiin useammin
    kuin väestöosuuden pohjalta voitiin ennustaa.”

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