Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration
The purpose of the Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration is to support and promote integration and make it easier for immigrants to play an active role in Finnish society.
Immigrants should be offered measures and services that promote and support integration, including instruction in the Finnish or Swedish language as well as information about the Finnish society and culture and opportunities of finding employment and pursuing education, especially in the initial period after their arrival in the country.
The aim is that the measures and services referred to in the act promote the immigrants’ opportunities of achieving an equal status in society with the rest of the population regarding both their rights and obligations.
The purpose of the Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration is also to promote gender equality, non-discrimination and positive interaction between different population groups. The goal of the measures laid down in the act is to support immigrants’ inclusion and possibilities of exerting influence as well as two-way integration.
The Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration applies to persons possessing a valid residence permit in Finland, to persons whose right of residence has been registered or who have been issued with a residence card under the Aliens Act. The scope of the act extends to EU and Nordic citizens and their family members. However, the act does not apply to persons with Finnish citizenship.
Moreover, the status of the residence permit is irrelevant to the scope of the act, as persons who immigrate to Finland on a temporary basis, including students and those who have been issued with a temporary residence permit based on employment, also have access to the measures and services referred to in the act.