Information for those who work as an official in TE Office services, municipality or the health and social sector
Immigrants encounter many authorities on their integration path. Authorities can promote the smooth implementation of the integration process by cooperating across different administrative sectors and fields.
Multisectoral cooperation Multisectoral and multidisciplinary cooperation is an essential part of integration work.
Municipal integration programmes This section contains municipal integration programmes, as well as some information on regional integration work.
Partnership programme The integration partnership programme supports the effectiveness of the work promoting integration and social inclusion by bringing together operators and increasing multi-professional and diverse cooperation.
Legislation Several acts guide integration. Remember to also acknowledge service-specific legislation.
Actors and their tasks Multi-sectoral cooperation in promoting integration makes the work more effective. There are local, regional and national operators who promote integration.
Reception of refugees Assigning municipalities of residence and planning services are key activities of municipalities when receiving refugees.
New for authorities
Updated instructions on the payment process of imputed reimbursements under the Integration Act
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has updated the instructions on compensating municipalities and wellbeing services counties for costs under the Integration Act (1386/2010). The instructions have been updated with regard to payments of imputed reimbursements paid to municipalities and wellbeing services counties that are not processed through the automated payments system. The revised payment process is described in the compensation instructions, which also includes other smaller revisions.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment to study the labour market position and employment service use by Ukrainians receiving temporary protection
A report commissioned by the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will collect information on the employment and future plans of those receiving temporary protection in Finland. The study also aims to find out how TE and integration services should be developed to better promote the employment and integration of beneficiaries of temporary protection. The first step will be to collect data from TE services experts, employers, Ukrainians receiving temporary protection and others, such as organisations.
A new joint application form for Kela card and child benefit available for those who have fled Ukraine
The benefits granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) are available to those who have lived in Finland for one year. Many of the people who have fled Ukraine will therefore become eligible for benefits soon. Based on residence or a longer term employment, those who have fled Ukraine can apply for child benefit and housing allowance, among other things. Kela will ease the application process for benefits by introducing a joint application form for a Kela card and child benefit.
A new map shows all guidance and counselling services for immigrants
The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration has published an electronic map that shows the location of guidance and counselling services provided by municipalities to immigrants. The map contains contact information on all guidance and counselling service points throughout Finland. Compiling this information aims to increase interaction between different authorities promoting integration and guidance and counselling services, to provide information on the languages in which guidance and counselling services are available and to highlight the Finnish network of such services.
Government proposes to amend the Integration Act and the Reception Act to ensure services for those fleeing Ukraine
There are more than 38,000 people in Finland who have sought temporary protection having fled Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. The Government has proposed amendments to the Integration Act and the Reception Act in order to ensure services for beneficiaries of temporary protection who have fled Ukraine. The amendments would make it possible to pay compensation to municipalities and wellbeing services counties for organising services, for example.