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Reform of the Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration (KOTO24)

The Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration (hereinafter, the Integration Act) aims to strengthen immigrants’ employment, capacity to work and language skills, and to increase their participation in society. Another objective of the Act is to promote equality, non-discrimination and positive interaction between different population groups

The current Integration Act has been amended (comprehensive reform of Integration Act, KOTO24) to meet the requirements of Parliament regarding the promotion of immigrant integration (Report of the Audit Committee) and the changed operating environment. The new Act will replace the current Act with the same name. The new Integration Act (681/2023) will enter into force on 1 January 2025 at the same time as the TE services reform.

The new Integration Act (The Act on Promotion of Immigrant Integration 681/2023) (in Finnish)

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The goals and schedule of the reform of the Integration Act

KOTO24 contents and materials at integration.fi

Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions and answers about the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act.
Actors and tasks The actors defined in the Integration Act and their tasks according to the law from 1 January 2025.
Integration program The integration program is a set of services organized by the municipality for the initial phase of integration. The aim of the services of the integration program is to promote the integration, employment or entrepreneurship, skills and working life skills of the immigrant. (The material will be translated into English soon.)
Reaching out to those outside the labor force with municipal integration services In this online material, methods of operation have been compiled, with the help of which immigrants who are outside the labor force would be reached more comprehensively than at present with services that promote integration after the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act. (The material will be translated into English soon.)
Koto-digi Provisions on the use of Koto-digi system services are laid down in the new Integration Act (KOTO24).
Materials to support the implementation of the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act The materials and useful links compiled on the page can support municipalities and other integration and refugee reception actors in the implementation of the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act (KOTO24). (The material will be translated into English soon.)

Materials are added and updated according to need and demand.

News about the reform of the Integration Act

Government proposes changes to the new Integration Act
4.4.2024 | News item
The new Integration Act will enter into force on 1 January 2025, when the main responsibility for integration will be transferred to municipalities. On 4 April 2024, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal based on the Government Programme for amendments to the new Integration Act and related acts (reform of the Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration, KOTO24). According to the proposed amendment, the imputed reimbursement period for municipalities and wellbeing services counties would be shortened.
Centre of Expertise publishes new material to support implementation of Integration Act overhaul (KOTO24)
29.2.2024 | News item
The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration supports the implementation of the revised Integration Act (Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration) and work to promote integration by producing materials and information on the comprehensive reform of the Act. A new home page KOTO24 has been set up on the integration.fi website. On the site, you can find news, events and materials related to the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act. During 2024, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will provide nationwide support for those involved in integration work in preparing for the reform in cooperation with the KEHA Centre and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.
Report: Multilingual civic orientation requires cooperation between municipalities
25.1.2024 | News item
Organising multilingual civic orientation cost-effectively requires cooperation between municipalities as well as cross-regional and national coordination. Orientation organised remotely or as hybrid events could help immigrants living in sparsely populated areas to participate in the instruction. A report commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in May 2023 includes recommendations on how to implement the orientation in a high-quality and uniform manner across Finland.

Events related to the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act (KOTO24)

The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration aims to publish all events and training related to the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act (Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration), KOTO24, on the Finnish language KOTO24 page and event calendar on the kotoutuminen.fi website, as long as they may be published in a public online service. Some of the events may be limited to specific target groups or areas. Please check the target group and area when you register for an event.

Follow the TE/KOTO24 event page on the Job Market Finland website (in Finnish) and the events organised by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (in Finnish).

All events, regardless of the language used at the event, are published in the Finnish language event calendar on the kotoutuminen.fi website. Go to the Finnish language page to browse KOTO24-related events and training.

Read more about this topic (in Finnish)

Reform of the Integration Act – project page 

The Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration (681/2023)

Government report on integration 

Report of the committee: Functioning of integration

Report of the committee: Government report on the need for a reform in integration promotion services


Inquiries

Hanna-Maria Hyttinen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, [email protected]
Nea Brandt, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, [email protected]