Early integration benefits us all

October 18, 2018

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.

What makes IOM an LGBTI-friendly organization?

October 10, 2018

In many countries, LGBTI people do not receive the support they need. Often, they must hide their sexual orientation and gender identity. Or worse, they experience violence and threats from the surrounding community. LGBTI migrants who are in transit or host countries may also face prejudices or discrimination.

Remember the person, not just the case of human trafficking

September 25, 2018

Human trafficking is a phenomenon that has been going on for ages. In today’s world, the chains used by the traffickers are invisible making the crime even harder to combat. Health care professionals have a role to play in fighting the vice. This is what they need to know.

Private Sector Partnerships – MIDA FINNSOM works with telemedicine and Baby Aid Kits

August 13, 2018

Private sector companies and service providers have always been used in the development aid projects. However in the recent decade more and more tools and support mechanisms are being developed to raise the level and intensity of private sector engagement both in the traditional development aid projects as well as in growing economies in developing countries.

Siirtolaiset erityisen haavoittuvaisia hyväksikäytölle

July 17, 2018

IOM:n Suomen-toimisto on mukana Porin SuomiAreenassa tänä vuonna teemalla Näkymättömät. Keskustelun aiheena on erityisesti haavoittuvassa asemassa olevat, kuten esimerkiksi ihmiskaupan uhrit ja paperittomat. Keskustelua mukana järjestämässä ovat Ihmiskaupan uhrien auttamisjärjestelmä ja Suomen Pakolaisapu. IOM julkaisi viime vuonna tutkimuksen, jossa avataan hieman tarkemmin, miten juuri siirtolaiset ovat erityisen haavoittuvassa asemassa. Seuraavaksi olisi siis tarkoitus hieman avata, mitä tarkoitetaan haavoittuvassa asemassa olevilla ihmisillä ja millainen yhteys sillä on IOM:n työhön siirtolaisten puolesta.

The resettlement process –selection of refugees and their travel

July 10, 2018

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.

History Blog 4: The focus turns to Finland

July 4, 2018

Hans Petter Bøe, who became Regional Representative in 2009, says that quite a lot changed when an organization-wide restructuring of IOM took place in 2011. This meant that IOM Finland became a Country Mission with Resource Mobilization Functions, and was now part of a larger region, that covers the European Economic Area. That the change led to a greater emphasis on operations in Finland. One of the projects that grew in importance was the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR). This was done with a comprehensive approach and with funding from the EU.

Askel askeleelta kohti syvempää ymmärrystä suomalaisesta yhteiskunnasta

June 27, 2018

Pakolaisuus on yksi elämänvaihe, jonka kesto ja siihen liittyvät kokemukset vaihtelevat henkilöstä riippuen. Ennen pakolaisuutta ja sen aikana vietetty elämä, kertyneet kokemukset ja tieto vaikuttavat siihen, millaisin valmiuksia esimerkiksi kiintiöpakolaisilla on muuttoon uuteen kotimaahan. Oppiminen ja ymmärryksen lisääntyminen rakentuu aina aiemman elämänkokemuksen ja omaksutun tiedon pohjalta. Tämä lähtöoletus ohjaa sitä, mitä koulutusmenetelmiä käytetään Suomeen tuleville kiintiöpakolaisille suunnatussa kulttuuriorientaatiossa. Orientaatio on Maahanmuuttoviraston eli Migrin hallinnoiman ja IOM:n ja ammattikorkeakoulu Diakin toteuttama.

History Blog 3: A time of expansion

June 20, 2018 beginning of the new millennium was a time when the Baltic states were finalizing their accession to the European Union. In Finland, the number of asylum seekers started growing. Also, it was a time when new offices were opened: in 2002 in Norway, in 2004 in Estonia and in 2009 in Denmark.

Reintegration support – a chance for migrants to start a new life

June 13, 2018

Return migration is not only flying back home. A flight of a few hours might change the physical location of the returnee but adjusting mentally to being back takes much more time. Reintegration should not be counted in hours but in weeks and months. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to successful reintegration, comprehensive support helps restarting the life back home.