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.
MoniSuomi study collects health and wellbeing data of people born abroad – Survey produces important background information on the state of integration in Finland
The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is involved in funding national research conducted by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that focuses on the health and wellbeing of people born abroad as well as services they use (MoniSuomi). The collection of data for the MoniSuomi survey, which aims to promote the equality of Finland’s immigrant population, began at the start of September.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted municipalities EUR 3 million to develop guidance and counselling services for immigrants
The subsidies were awarded to 21 projects implemented by municipalities, which aim to improve the integration and employment of immigrants.
New policy brief: Reducing poverty and discrimination key to improving wellbeing of children with a foreign background
Children and young people with a foreign background often face particular challenges that affect their wellbeing. According to a new policy brief published by the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration, it is important for the children’s wellbeing to reduce poverty in families, support parents in integration and parenthood and to reduce racism and unequal treatment.
Registration for Integration 2022 begins – Remember to sign up for the largest integration event of the year!
Registration for the Integration 2022 event is now open. The event will take place in Tampere Hall in Tampere from 7 to 8 November. The theme of this year’s event is change and the changing operating environment. Register for the event by 17th of October 2022.
Content of the Ukraine website has been updated – Answers to frequently asked questions now available in Ukrainian and Russian too
The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment maintains a summary web page that includes information from authorities, municipalities and organisations on the situation in Ukraine and the people fleeing from Ukraine. The page has been updated with new content during the summer, including improvements to make the information available in more languages. The identical content is now available in Finnish, Swedish, English, Ukrainian and Russian.
Government proposes to allow family reunification of minors granted international protection without proof of sufficient financial resources
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.
Do you need ideas or tools for your work or would you like to learn new practices? Partnership programme to launch competence events in autumn
The Partnership programme will launch competence events in the autumn. They are short events where those involved in integration can share concrete tools and practices about integration, the promotion of society’s receptiveness and the reception of refugees. Topics for competence events will be collected on a Webropol form until 31 August 2022.
Guidance and counselling services for immigrants: provide contact details for the map
The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration collects contact information for municipal guidance and counselling services for immigrants. We will publish the information on Finland’s guidance and counselling services on a Google Maps map at the kotoutuminen.fi website. Compiling the 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.
Updated Welcome to Finland guide published
An updated Welcome to Finland guide has been published. The guide, which had become outdated in terms of its content, was updated in cooperation with the InfoFinland online service and the authorities in autumn 2021 and spring 2022. Statutory distributors have received updated instructions for ordering and distributing the guide. Other bodies can order a Welcome to Finland postcard that directs their customers to read the guide on the website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. In connection with the update, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will publish new language versions of the brochure in Ukraine and Vietnam.
The European Union Agency for Asylum has launched a survey regarding displaced people arriving from Ukraine
Tell us your story questionnaire aims to provide up-to-date information for policymakers. The results are intended to help offer better targeted services to Ukrainian migrants.
Applications now accepted for exhibition stands at Integration 2022
Would you or your organisation like to share good practices in integration or refugee reception? Or would you like to tell potential partners about your work in promoting integration? Take part in the Integration 2022 event as an exhibitor. Integration 2022 will take place in Tampere on 7–8 November 2022.
New Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration would speed up integration and employment of immigrants – Consultation round begins
The objective of the legislative proposal is also to promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing of immigrants, to increase equality and to strengthen good relations between population groups. According to the proposal to be sent out for comments, services promoting integration would be organised as part of the municipal integration programme and other services.
People fleeing Ukraine may start working immediately after applying for temporary protection
People who have fled from Ukraine and applied for temporary protection have the right to work in Finland as soon as they have submitted their application. In other words, they do not need to wait for a residence permit or a residence permit card to be issued to be able to work. A certificate of registration is sufficient.
Integration programmes and language training increase employment of immigrants
Integration programmes and language training increase employment of immigrants, are the findings of a study by Labore, the Labour Institute for Economic Research. An active labour market policy is most effective for people who have the greatest difficulty in securing employment. Financial sanctions, on the other hand, are likely to work best for the highly educated.
EU Member States offer Ukrainians temporary protection
For the first time ever, the European Union (EU) has activated the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing from Ukraine. The decision is expected to enter into force on 4 March or in the following days. The Government will soon decide the category of people to be granted protection in Finland. Practical arrangements and additional instructions are also under preparation.
Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration has compiled information on the situation in Ukraine for those involved in integration work
A new page has been created at Integration.fi online service, which contains information on the situation in Ukraine. The information is intended for those involved in integration work and professionals who encounter persons affected by the attack on Ukraine.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment part of a cross-sectoral group to coordinate migration from Ukraine
The Ministry of the Interior has appointed a cross-sectoral group to coordinate migration to Finland following Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The group includes representatives from several ministries, the Finnish Immigration Service, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and the Finnish Red Cross. Any developments concerning migration are closely monitored.
Partnership platform – a workspace for integration and refugee reception experts to go online today!
The Partnership platform is an interactive, digital and communal platform for operators, experts, stakeholders and networks involved in integration, immigration and reception of refugees. The platform will open as a beta version to users on Thursday 2 December 2021. Register for the platform and join the Partnership platform community!
Number of unemployed foreign jobseekers fell in October but regional differences remain great
According to the November Employment Bulletin, the number of unemployed foreign jobseekers fell by 6% from October 2020. The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased significantly in South Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia, Åland, Lapland and Pirkanmaa, whereas in some regions the number of unemployed jobseekers grew.
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