Examining the Challenges of Integration in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia: Using the Structured Democratic Dialogue Process as a Tool

  • Hasan Habes Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland, Minority Studies
  • Kaj Björkqvist
  • Andreas Andreou

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate ways to identify the challenges of integration of minority groups, such as migrants, ethnic/racial minorities, and refugees in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia by using the Structured Democratic Dialogue (SDD) as a participatory methodology. This particular method was selected for this study with the purpose to bring all identified stakeholders in the society together to collaboratively and collectively identify and further discuss the challenges and obstacles they face. The Co-laboratory brought together twelve participants with a diverse socio-economical and educational background in Vasa, Finland. Based on the influence map generated by the participants as a result of the workshop, social inclusion was revealed to be one of the most important indicators hindering the integration of minority groups at the local level. In particular, silent acceptance of racism or racist comments were according to the participants the most influential factor preventing the successful integration of ethnic minorities in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia.
Published
Sep 25, 2019
How to Cite
HABES, Hasan; BJÖRKQVIST, Kaj; ANDREOU, Andreas. Examining the Challenges of Integration in Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia: Using the Structured Democratic Dialogue Process as a Tool. European Journal of Social Science Education and Research, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 3, p. 7-22, sep. 2019. ISSN 2312-8429. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejser/article/view/4528>. Date accessed: 20 oct. 2019.