There are various services in Finland that help you integrate, find employment and learn the local language.
If you are unemployed
If you are unemployed, you should register as an unemployed jobseeker to be eligible for integration services. Such services include initial assessment, integration plan and integration training. Your family members may also be entitled to these services if they move to Finland with you.
In the initial assessment, an authority will assess things like your education, work experience and language proficiency.
After the initial assessment, the authority will draw up an integration plan with you.
The plan may include studying Finnish or Swedish or other studies or work placement. An integration plan is usually made for a maximum of three years. In some specific cases one can be made for five years.
Once an integration plan has been drawn up, you can receive integration training. Integration training is organised by various educational institutions (e.g. folk high schools and educational institutions providing vocational adult education). Integration training usually involves studying Finnish or Swedish. The training also involves learning about Finnish society, culture and employment. It may also include the recognition of previously acquired learning and qualification as well as professional planning and career guidance. Integration training is free of charge.
Integration training in Swedish is organised in Åland, Uusimaa, Southwest Finland and Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia.
You can receive unemployment benefit or social assistance during the integration plan, depending on how long you have lived in Finland. The TE Office, Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) or your municipality will investigate whether you are entitled to unemployment benefit or social assistance.
If you are an employee
If you have a job, it is sometimes possible for your employer to help you integrate. For example, the employer can find or organise a Finnish or Swedish language course for you.
If you are about to become unemployed
You can also register as a jobseeker if you are at risk of unemployment or about to become unemployed.
Read more about integration
More information and instructions on the initial assessment and integration plan as well as the forms of support for unemployed immigrants are available on the InfoFinland website. The site is available in multiple languages.
You can also find more information and instructions on integration on the website of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The website is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Du hittar mera information om integration på webbplatsen integration.fi. Den är avsedd för personer som arbetar med integration och mottagande av flyktingar. Webbplatsen finns på finska, svenska och engelska och upprätthålls av kompetenscentret för integration av invandrare vid arbets- och näringsministeriet.
Du hittar mer information om samarbete inom integration på webbplatsen stodforintegration.fi som är avsedd för personer som arbetar med integration. Aktörer inom fri bildningsverksamhet annonserar om integrationsverksamhet med låg tröskel.
Förutom integrationsverksamhet kan du söka och annonsera evenemang och utbildningar för anställda och frivilliga. Du får aktuell information av andra aktörer i branschen och är med och bygger upp ett nätverk för integrationsfrämjande aktörer.
Webbplatsen är finsk- och svenskspråkig och upprätthålls av NTM-centralen i Nyland.
Integration.fi online service is aimed at people who encounter immigrants in their work and people who work with integration promotion and refugee reception services.
The website is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. The service is maintained by the Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.