Vietnamese arrived in Finland 40 years ago; employment played a major role in their integration

4.6.2019 10.57 | Published in English on 17.6.2019 at 13.21
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A recent study of the Vietnamese in Finland, commissioned by the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration, identifies education and career guidance offered to young people, employment promotion measures, native language lessons, and reception and integration services in the Vietnamese language as the key contributors to successful integration.

“The Vietnamese were the first quota refugees, and at the same time the first immigrant minorities in Finland. Our study explored their settlement and integration processes in Finland over the past 40 years. The study also provides guidelines for the development of the current integration measures and integration policy,” says Anne Alitolppa-Niitamo, Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The study on the Vietnamese in Finland was conducted by Kathleen Valtonen, Doctor of Social Sciences, and it was commissioned by the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration, an organisation working under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

More information:

Press release by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on 4 June 2019: 40 years after the arrival of Vietnamese refugees: Entrepreneurship and an active mindset helped with integration

Nordic Vietnamese – Our Community in Finland