quota refugees

Looking forward to resettlement – quota refugees learning about housing in Finland

Children's drawings at pre-departure orientation.We take many things in our lives for granted, including the right to adequate housing. Think about yourself and your comfortable life: you probably have your own space and enjoy privacy! Perhaps you’re even planning to renovate your kitchen or replacing some of your furniture.


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.


Early integration benefits us all

Successful integration contributes towards peaceful coexistence in communities. However, integration is a complex and longstanding process. Isn’t it then beneficial to start it as early as possible? The challenge in Finland is how to go about achieving effective early integration.


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.