Support for women, children and families available in guides, brochures and service numbers
Multilingual support in the coronavirus situation is available for women, children and families. Support is available for many situations such as distance learning, or being a victim of domestic violence or crime. Due to the coronavirus situation, support services for women, children and families are provided via remote service or telephone. We have put together useful links to be shared and suggested in customer service situations.
Guidance and counselling services fail to reach all those in need of assistance
Guidance and counselling services for immigrants in Finland are fragmented in terms of accessibility, service provision and resourcing. Access to services is not equally provided to customers in all parts of the country. These were the conclusions of the final report of the study on low-threshold guidance and counselling services for immigrants commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The report also makes recommendations for the development of the service network.
Telephone helplines support immigrants during the coronavirus outbreak
Authorities and municipalities have opened telephone helplines providing instructions and guidance on coronavirus in different languages. Multilingual telephone helplines provided by various organisations are also functioning as usual. We have put together a news item listing the availability of multilingual instructions and guidance on coronavirus (telephone helplines and chat services). Provide access to services.
Online and digital services support language and social studies
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, contact teaching in liberal adult education institutions and adult basic education has been suspended. Educational institutions provide distance teaching, taking into account students’ learning abilities and other opportunities available. The Centre of Expertise for Immigrant Integration has put together multilingual materials for independent studies in subjects such as languages and social studies, and for supporting integration.
Multilingual information on coronavirus now available
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides updated information in Finnish, Swedish and English on the coronavirus and when to seek medical care. In addition, THL will publish information on the coronavirus in over 10 languages on week 12. Information on actions taken in municipalities regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 is available in several languages in the municipalities’ online services. Information about the coronavirus is available in several languages in the media.
Municipalities provide multilingual information regarding services in the coronavirus situation
In many municipalities, immigrants are advised to seek information from online services or telephone services. In the current situation with the coronavirus outbreak, municipalities offer advice by telephone in various languages. Some municipalities have published multilingual information on the coronavirus.
Useful tips from Infofinland for multilingual communication
Many authorities and municipalities may have no previous experience of having communications material translated into languages other than Swedish and English. The online editorial staff of Infofinland is used to having information translated into 12 different languages, and put together some useful tips for multilingual communications.
Multilingual videos tell the story of Finnish society
Ymmärrä Suomea (‘Understand Finland’) is a series consisting of seven video clips, available in multiple languages. Intended for adult immigrants living in Finland, this series discusses various aspects of Finnish society from taxation to human rights. The videos can be used as learning material in educational institutions, or viewed independently.
Comprehensive review of integration 2019: Integration as a phenomenon covers multiple dimensions
According to a review published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on 21 January 2020, employment alone is not an indication of successful integration, nor is there just one indicator for effective integration.
Government Integration Programme for 2020–2023 and the report required by the Parliament to be prepared jointly
The preparation of the Government Integration Programme for 2020–2023 will continue, and it will be carried out jointly with the preparation of the report on integration required by the Finnish Parliament. Initial preparations were launched at a kick-off event held in spring 2019, and work will now continue with key stakeholders identified at the event.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment organises a Nordic seminar on partnership, integration and civil Society in November
The theme of the seminar entitled Partnership, Integration and Civil Society is partnerships in integration, especially between organisations, municipalities and the authorities. At this Nordic seminar, effective partnership practices will be examined, particularly from the organisation perspective.
The MEAE is proposing a general increase of EUR 3 million to immigrant integration and work permit procedures
The MEAE is proposing a general increase of EUR 3 million to streamline immigrant integration and work permit procedures in 2020. The additional funds would especially boost the resources of Employment and Economic Development Offices for identifying the skills of immigrants, and the role of municipal centres of expertise and organisations in integrating immigrants.
Vietnamese arrived in Finland 40 years ago; employment played a major role in their integration
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.
Talent Boost Cookbook gives recipes for international talent management
Talent Boost Cookbook is a handbook containing good practices for international talent management in Finland. The Cookbook is intended to serve as a practical guide for those working with international talent attraction and retention, and for those who want to learn more about the international talent scene in Finland.
Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration and integration.fi have been supporting integration work for five years. Improve the integration.fi website with us
For five years, the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration and integration.fi have provided news on current topics, statistics, studies and other support for various parties and professionals involved in the integration of immigrants. It is now time to modernise the structure and content of the website – a service offered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment – and make it more compatible with present and future needs. Please answer the survey and help us build better services at integration.fi. You can also let us know if you would like to participate in a website development workshop.
Refugee reception manual
In the refugee reception manual, you will find the basic facts on such matters as the entry of quota refugees and the initial-stage arrangements in municipalities.Read more about the reception of refugees