“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.
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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.
Sustainable reintegration of voluntary returnees requires efforts beyond individual assistance, new IOM report shows
The reintegration of voluntary returnees from Finland to their countries of origin has been moderately sustainable, according to a survey conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Finland. While slightly more sustainable outcomes were observed concerning social and psychosocial aspects of returnees’ reintegration, livelihood was a concern for a majority. Some particular reintegration challenges were noted for those who returned to places other than their community of origin.
In October 2019, IOM Finland assisted 25 persons to return voluntarily from Finland to their countries of origin. This is slightly a lower number than in the same month previous year. In 2019, most beneficiaries returned voluntarily from Finland to Iraq, Russian Federation and Georgia.
Pakolaisen matka lähtömaasta suomalaiseen kuntaan on monivaiheinen. Jotta kiintiöpakolaisena Suomeen valitut kotoutuisivat mahdollisimman hyvin, kuntien työntekijöillä ja toimijoilla täytyy olla selkeä yleiskuva kiintiöpakolaisuuden vaiheista ja palvelun tarpeista.
FROM TAMPERE 20 TO TAMPERE 2.0 conference was organized byt the European Network for Migration from 24 to 25 October at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland. The theme of the conference was "Towards a new programme (2020-24) for EU migration and asylum policies 20 years after the Tampere conclusions?" IOM Director General António Vitorino was one of the keynote speakers in the opening panel.
IOM:n Suomen-toimiston julkaisema Töitä etsimässä? -esite tukee kiintiöpakolaisten työllistymistä.