Integration services to support integration into a new society
Integration means measures to help the immigrant to integrate into the new society.
The aim of integration is for the immigrant to achieve a position in society on an equal footing with the native population.
Integration is based on Finnish law. It applies to all immigrants who have a valid residence permit under the Aliens Act.
With the exception of unemployed jobseekers, integration services usually last for about 3-4 years.
Integration services are managed by the ELY Centre.
Read the Finnish Act on Promoting Integration FINLEX (1386/2010)
Read the Finnish Aliens Act FINLEX (30.4.2004/301)
Basic information about Finland and initial assesment
Once the client has a valid residence permit or registered right of residence under Finnish aliens law, the client will receive basic information about Finland, Finnish society and working life, as well as rights and obligations.
The client receives information, advice and guidance on the use of municipal services.
The initial assessment of the clients will identify the services that are appropriate to their integration needs.
An integration plan is drawn up to support integration.
The purpose of the plan is to ensure that the client acquires sufficient language skills and other knowledge and skills needed in society and in working life to facilitate integration into Finnish life.
The integration plan may include, for example, integration training.
In Kajaani, the initial mapping and integration plan are drawn up under the Kainuu Employment Municipality Experiment.
Read about the Kainuu Employment Municipality Experiment