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Frequently asked questions and answers about the reform of the Integration Act (KOTO24)

On this page, you will find frequently asked questions and answers on the comprehensive reform of the Integration Act (KOTO24). The reformed Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration (Integration Act, 681/2023) will enter into force on 1 January 2025, at the same time as the reform of employment services (TE24, Act on the Organisation of Employment Services 380/2023). The new Integration Act will repeal the Act with the same name that is currently in force (1386/2010).

Following the TE24 and KOTO 24 reforms, municipalities will have overall responsibility for the promotion of immigrant integration. When the reforms take effect, the municipality will be responsible for promoting the integration of immigrants who are jobseekers as well as those who are not part of the workforce. For immigrants who are jobseekers, the employment authority organises services in the employment area. This also applies to integration customers who are jobseekers. The municipality can decide which administrative branch is responsible for the promotion of integration for immigrants who are not part of the workforce and whether the municipality implements the services in cooperation with other municipalities.

On this page, the term “employment authority” refers to the authority in the municipality or joint municipal authority that is responsible for the organisation of employment services, and the employment area that has been assigned official tasks pursuant to the Act on the Organisation of Employment Services.

Please note that the contents of this page apply to the Integration Act that will enter into force on 1 January 2025. The Government Programme of Prime Minister Petteri Orpo includes entries concerning the promotion of immigrant integration. Amendments to the Integration Act are proposed on the basis of those entries. Government proposals and the proposed changes they contain will be communicated separately. The page will be updated when potential amendments to the Integration Act have been approved. 

Basic information on the comprehensive reform

Services promoting integration and their organisation

Funding and central government compensation to municipalities and wellbeing services counties

Monitoring integration and knowledge management

Support for the implementation of the reforms