Comment: This story on HS.fi has me perplexed: We speak of the importance of growing up in an international environment but we do not want our children to attend schools where children of immigrant backgrounds are a noticeable minority never mind majority.
A poll published by Helsingin Sanomat, the country’s largest daily, showed that 57% of parents who have children (ages 7-16) would like to place limits on the number of children of immigrant backgrounds at school. Twenty-eight percent were against such caps.
Migrant Tales has reported on this issue in January and February. One of the questions that these polls earlier this year ask is if public servants like teachers can limit or choose whom they’ll teach? Can the police do the same? Is segregating schools by placing caps constitutional?
These type of polls show how new cultural diversity is in Finland. While some Finns may claim to want their children to grow up in an international environment it is quite another thing in practice.
Enemmistö pääkaupunkiseudun peruskouluikäisten lasten vanhemmista haluaisi koulujen rajoittavan maahanmuuttajataustaisten oppilaiden osuutta luokissa. Vanhempien kanta ilmenee Helsingin Sanomien TNS Gallupilla teettämästä mielipidemittauksesta.