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Information for those who work with refugees

The reasons behind becoming a refugee may be diverse, and people moving to a country as refugees may need different support depending on their situation. The person’s possible trauma and different level of competence should be taken into account in customer work. It is important to face the customer as a person and find out their need for support and guidance.

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Reception of refugees Assigning municipalities of residence and planning services are key activities of municipalities when receiving refugees.
State compensation for municipalities Municipalities can receive compensation for costs arising from the reception of refugees. Compensation covers interpretation services, special costs in social welfare and healthcare and imputed compensation.
Refugees and people under international protection This section contains information on the arrival of quota refugees and asylum seekers in Finland and reception to municipalities.
Children, young people and families Integration work with children, young people and families involves a family orientation, support for the integration of children and young people, representation of minors, aftercare and uniting families.
PALOMA training The PALOMA training provides practical information on the mental health and well-being of refugees for people meeting them at work and students.
Health and social services for refugees Health and social services directed specifically for refugees include health examinations and the provision of long-term social welfare and healthcare.

News for those working with refugees

New comprehensive review of integration has been published
14.2.2024 | News item
The comprehensive review 2023 provides an overview of the current state of integration in Finland. The publication consists of two parts, the first of which describes changes in the state of integration compared with the situation four years ago based on indicator data. The second part consists of research articles.
Report: Language skills are essential in employment of Ukrainian beneficiaries of temporary protection
1.11.2023 | News item
According to a recent report, Ukrainians receiving temporary protection have been well received in Finland. Language skills play a key role in employment.
Updated instructions on the payment process of imputed reimbursements under the Integration Act
28.8.2023 | News item
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.
Integration 2022 offers many perspectives on integration from employment to the situation of Ukrainian refugees 
7.11.2022 | News item
Integration 2022 brings together those involved in integration matters to Tampere on 7–8 November 2022 with a focus on current themes in integration and reception of refugees. The overall theme of this year’s event is change and the changing operating environment. The programme tracks deal with employment, education, receptiveness of society, wellbeing and health, and the integration of refugees of different ages.   
Government proposes to allow family reunification of minors granted international protection without proof of sufficient financial resources
27.6.2022 | News item
The Government’s proposal to amend the Aliens Act would enable minors who have been granted international protection to live with their parents. When a family member of a minor who has been granted international protection applies for family reunification, the family member may be granted a residence permit without the minor sponsor having to provide proof of sufficient financial resources.
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