THL: The Covid-19 pandemic has been difficult, especially for people who have moved to Finland

Immigrant respondents were also more likely to report that their health and quality of life have deteriorated and feel a psychological burden during a pandemic.

Nearly a quarter of migrants also revealed that the pandemic has weakened their financial situation relatively or very much. The atmosphere was only six percent of the total population.

“This is an alarming observation, given the fact that migrants were often in a worse-than-average economic situation even before the coronavirus epidemic,” he commented. Natalia Skogberg, Research Director, THL. “Difficult experiences are accumulating for people who are already in a weaker social position.”

About 15 percent of immigrant responses said they experienced discrimination during the pandemic, and a significant proportion of them added that they experienced it on a weekly basis.

Although the majority of immigrants reported that their well-being was negatively affected by the pandemic, the group of respondents also included people with opposite experiences. Many said they have been in touch with their friends more than before during the pandemic, and some say that even they feel less lonely and more optimistic about the future.

Although 36 per cent of immigrant responses reported feeling more lonely and 6 per cent less lonely, 28 per cent and 2 per cent of the total population, respectively. Although 38 per cent of immigrant responses reported being less optimistic and 20 per cent more optimistic about the future, emotions were 30 per cent and 7 per cent of the population, respectively.

“This may be a sign of the ability to survive the crisis,” Skogberg analyzed.

“People who have faced crises in the past can be more confident to survive this crisis as well. On the other hand, the crisis may also lead to a re-emergence of previous difficult experiences, ”he added.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page


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