Navigator Project

Navigator - Towards Diversity in Municipalities is a three-year project (2018-2021) in which IOM Finland together with the Finnish Refugee Council and Diaconia University of Applied Sciences support municipalities in their integration efforts. The project is implemented in ten municipalities around the capital area.


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.


The resettlement process – selection of refugees and their travel

Quota refugees. A familiar phrase – but how do people become quota refugees and how do they get to Finland? IOM handles a lot of the logistical steps along the way from the refugee camp to the airport in Vantaa making sure they have a safe journey. Resettlement activities under IOM started many years ago in 1951, but in the Nordic countries IOM Finland started handling the resettlement in 2006 for Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Before that these activities were handled by IOM Geneva. Finland started taking refugees already in the year 1970.


Esite kiintiöpakolaisia vastaanottaville kunnille

Kunnille tietoa kiintiöpakolaisten kulttuuriorientaatiosta

Myös lapsille kerrotaan perustietoja elämästä Suomessa.IOM:n Suomen toimisto on tehnyt esitteen kunnille kiintiöpakolaisille tarjottavasta kulttuuriorientaatiosta. Tavoitteena on, että kunnissa kotouttamistyötä tekevät tietäisivät entistä paremmin siitä, mitä kuntiin muuttavat kiintiöpakolaiset ovat jo oppineet Suomesta.

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.


Migrant Integration


IOM supports policies and strategies that promote the social, economic and cultural inclusion of migrants within existing legal frameworks in countries of destination.  

Its focus is on the development of strategies that help migrants better integrate into new communities as well as assisting receiving communities to recognize the positive contributions that migrants can make.