Attitudes toward immigration and the neighborhood effec
Avainsanat:immigration, attitudes, neighborhood effect, threat theory, contact theory
While immigration to Finland has been relatively moderate compared to many other European countries, it has increased significantly in recent years. However, it is important to note that immigration is not evenly spread out over the country and like in other EU member states, immigrants in Finland are concentrated to larger cities. Attitudes toward immigration tend also to vary rather considerably within countries. According to Jaakkola, the cities of Turku and Helsinki display the most positive attitudes toward immigration in Finland. While the differences have decreased somewhat in the last few decades inhabitants of rural areas are still generally more reluctant to accept the influx of immigrants than those living in urban areas.