LGBTQI rights are human rights: discussing sensitive topics can be a challenge in refugee orientation trainings


Migrant trainer Dima Salih works around the world providing cultural orientation for refugees moving to Finland and Iceland. For her, as a Middle Eastern woman, the rights of sexual and gender minorities were initially a difficult topic to discuss. Now she champions them proudly.  

She writes in the blog about her thoughts regarding promoting LGBTQI rights in the pre-departure orientation trainings for refugees. 


At the start of a new life, a little help can go far


For refugees arriving in a new country to begin a new life, the experience can be overwhelming. IOM helps by preparing the individuals with cultural information and helpful tips about the society. Migrant trainer Dima Salih recounts her experience from a training she organised for Iceland-bound refugees in Lebanon.

Encouragement and realism – how to get a job in Finland as an asylum seeker?


“How do you pay taxes in Finland?” This question by an Eritrean asylum seeker illustrates one big differences between countries. The Finnish taxation procedures can seem tricky since in Eritrea taxes are reimbursed after your employment ends. This and many other aspects of the Finnish working life aroused interest at the pilot training sessions organized by IOM for asylum seekers in a reception center.  

Rohkaisua ja realismia: Työelämäkoulutusta turvapaikanhakijoille


”Miten Suomessa maksetaan veroja?” kysyy eritrealainen turvapaikanhakija IOM:n kouluttajilta työelämäkoulutuksessa vastaanottokeskuksessa. Suomalaisessa verotuskäytännössä riittää ihmeteltävää, sillä Eritreassa on tapana saada maksetut verot takaisin, kun työsuhde päättyy. Kouluttajana oli mieluista huomata, kuinka suuri tiedonhalu turvapaikanhakijoilla oli saada tietää lisää suomalaisen työelämän perusteista.