Legislation

The legislation relevant to immigration and promoting integration and the work to develop this legislation are based on objectives set by the Finnish government and the European Union legislation and international conventions binding on Finland, including the European Convention on Human Rights, UN Convention against Torture, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

It is important to note that as residents of a municipality, immigrants are entitled to municipal services, and that different legislation applies to different services (such as early childhood education and care, basic education, social welfare, healthcare and housing). This legislation on specific services should be taken into account in integration work.

Further information:

Finnish legislation on immigration (intermin.fi)

Finnish immigration policy (intermin.fi)

Work in Finland — Government Migration Policy Programme to Strengthen Labour Migration (julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi)