Unions representing employees in the University of Eastern Finland are concerned over external pressures aimed at restricting their research into racism and multiculturalism.

They say the University must have a visible role in combating racism. In a joint statement, the unions state an internationally orientated university should be concerned over increasing racism and a toughening of attitudes in eastern Finland.

Basic values such as academic freedom and justice presuppose that teachers and researchers must be able to actively participate in society.

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