Tuesday April 13, 2021

Immigrant kids, youths face challenges: Study

Published : 05 Feb 2021, 02:25

Updated : 05 Feb 2021, 10:31

  DF Report

Photo: City of Helsinki by Sakari Röyskö.

Some young people with a foreign background are faced with a wide range of challenges in their lives, found a study conducted by the City of Helsinki Executive Office.

Low income levels are more common among immigrant families than native Finnish families, while their participation in leisure activities is scarcer and instances of bullying are more common, said the study report, adding that children and young people with a foreign background more frequently report their general health as being average or worse.

The study was conducted on the well-being of children and young people with a foreign background, said the City of Helsinki in a press release on Thursday.

On average, young people with a foreign background are in a more disadvantaged position than their Finnish peers in the transition from comprehensive school.

However, the second generation is more likely to attend upper secondary education and obtain a degree. More and more young second-generation immigrants are attending upper secondary schools.

The majority of the immigrant children and young people enjoy school and feel that they can influence things related to their schoolwork. However, they report a slightly higher number of difficulties than their Finnish peers, and fatigue is more common among comprehensive school pupils with a foreign background.

They more frequently report their general health as being average or worse. Obesity is more common, especially among boys. In terms of physical activity, they are mostly either inactive or highly active. Regular meals are also less common among them than their Finnish peers. On average, the immigrant youths tend to abstain from alcohol and other substances more often.

They seem to face more challenges with social relationships than their Finnish peers. These challenges can manifest themselves as a lack of friends and difficulties in interactions with parents.

The immigrant children and youths are more likely to fall victim to school bullying. They also engage in bullying more often than children and young people with a Finnish background.

The immigrant children and young people can be divided into groups based on a variety of factors, such as the reason for immigration, basis for the residence permit, country of birth or origin, ethnic group, language group, and cultural group.