The government decided on the number of quota refugees in 2021

I decided to write about this news article that I found in mtv news. The news tells about the government has decided that it will take more refugees in 2021 than it took in 2020. In 2021 Finland will take 1050 quota refugees and this year Finland took 850. When my group the immigrant bloggers had our had our interview whit our working life representive, he told us that he hopes that we could take more quota refugees. So, I think he will be happy about this news.

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Part of the Society

Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Verna Myers

Finland´s integration program aims to strengthen inclusion in many ways. In 2015-2018, more than 30,000 integration plans were made in Finland. There are many ongoing projects in different municipalities. If you are interested in some of them take a look at the link below.

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Promoting inclusion

What does inclusion mean?

Inclusion is seen as universal right. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of race, gender, disability, medical or other need. Social inclusion promotes wellbeing and reduces exclusion and inequality. Inclusion and equality are cornerstones of a sustainable society and fundamental rights that belong to all.

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Coronavirus outbreak

Global pandemic

We have all been living in an unreal time, something we have not had a chance to prepare for, and which has affected our lives quite badly, the COVID-19 pandemic has also greatly affected the quota refugee system. The government has an annual refugee quota of 850 to 1050 persons per year. In the recent months approximately 300 refugees have been able to arrive, which is considerably less than the amount where Finland was counting on. The pandemic has delayed access to safety drastically. For tens of thousands of people, restricting global mobility means that life as a refugee in awful circumstances is further extended.

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Exerting influence


Refugees are a relatively new phenomenon in Finland compared to other countries. The majority of the Finns became acquainted with refugees after the arrival of the first large group of Somali refugees in the early 1990s. Due to a lack of correct information and knowledge, quite negative opinions about refugees arise and the opinions differ a lot. For example, some people think that terrorists and criminals are being brought to Finland. This is of course not true. The refugee system contains effective means to prevent various abuses. The interviewee will be in contact with a number of different authorities during their application process and their background will be carefully researched before any final decisions are made.

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New beginning

The journey

A refugee’s journey usually begins in the country from which they flee to refugee camps in a neighboring country. In refugee camps, many of them apply for quota refugees. Families who eventually get to Finland through the process are at the end of their journey. But in a new country, a new beginning awaits them.

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In Finland

Quota refugee can only come to Finland when their municipality of residence and an apartment have been found. The Local ELY- canters are responsible for directing quota refugees to municipalities. When the quota refugees arrive to the airport the red cross workers are there to help them.

Municipalities that receive quota refugees receive compensation from the state for receiving and organizing integration services. Recently municipalities have taken in fewer quota refugees. Because of this many who have already obtained a residence permit have had to wait to come to Finland for several years. For example in Espoo it has been difficult to take quota refugees because there are already many homeless people in Espoo and they also need homes.

How does it start?

What does the organization do?

The Finnish Refugee Council (Suomen Pakolaisapu) is Finland’s largest expert organization specializing in the issues of displacement and migration. Each year they support thousands of people in recovering from conflicts and integrating into new societies. For over 50 years their work has positively impacted lives in Finland, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

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Immigrant Bloggers

 In this blog, we are going to tell you about refugees coming to Finland. How the process works from the beginning, when they were still in refugee camps and how they got the chance to come to Finland, etc. The main subjects we will focus on in the blog are: 

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