Local and cross-administrative integration work
Integration involves cooperation between different authorities. The Integration Act lays down an obligation to participate in multi-sectoral cooperation.
The municipalities and TE Offices are responsible for local-level integration. Other authorities may also take part in the process. Integration may also be carried out in cooperation between municipalities.
Under the Integration Act, municipalities and other local-level authorities shall support internationalisation, gender equality and non-discrimination at local or regional level and promote positive interaction between different population groups. The actions through which the objectives of the act may be promoted include developing diverse urban and service structures, offering suitable venues for activities and preventing the segregation of immigrants in their own living areas. It is also stated in the Integration Act that the needs of the immigrant population and the promotion of integration shall be considered in the general planning, action and monitoring carried out by municipalities and other local-level authorities.
Good ethnic relations and inter-cultural dialogue enable all residents to have a comfortable and safe living environment. In order for two-directional integration to be successful, immigrant groups must feel included and have opportunities to preserve their own language and culture. This requires cooperation, not only between the authorities but also with other stakeholders.