By Enrique Tessieri
The number of magainalized youths is especially pronounced among immigrant youths aged 15-29, reports YLE in English, citing a study by think tank Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) . The study claims one out of every three youths with immigrant background is marginalized compared with one out of eight youths nationally.
The study defines a marginalized person as anyone who is not part of the workforce or enrolled in any study program and has not studied beyond primary school.
In 2010, there were some 51,300 marginalized youths, accounting for about 5% of all people in that age bracket.
“Over a quarter of marginalized youths have foreign backgrounds,” said Pekka Myrskylä, EVA’s head of development at Statistics Finland’s Population Statistics Department, was quoted as saying on YLE in English. “Their entry into Finland’s education and labor markets is four or five times more difficult than that of their native Finnish counterparts.”
The study suggests education can play a key role in preventing marginalization.
Certainly education plays a crucial role in the integration of any person in society but it should not be seen as a panacea. Another important point that the EVA study could have stressed is how attitudes of the majority population fuel marginalization of youths with immigrant backgrounds.
How many of these one in four marginalized youths with immigrant backgrounds have lived most of their lives in Finland? How come some of them feel rejected by society?
In the answers of those two questions you may find some of the causes for marginalization.