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Muslims Often Face Discrimination in Finland

Nearly half of Muslims living in Finland say they’ve experienced discrimination in the past year, according to an EU-wide survey. Foreign Muslims in Finland say their religious and ethnic backgrounds trigger discriminatory behaviour.

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While respondents said they have been met with discrimination in matters related to housing, healthcare and access to services, they rarely report racist incidents because of a lack of trust in authorities.

Some 25 percent of Muslims in France say they have experienced discrimination. In neighbouring Sweden just over a third of those questioned said they had been met with discrimination.

The study is part of a broader research project, which investigates discrimination and racially motivated crimes in the EU’s 27 member states. The project is the first-ever EU-wide survey charting discrimination in the daily lives of immigrants in the union.

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