On the employment of asylum seekers

Let’s get straight to the point: I found an article on the Helsinki website describing the employment of people with a foreign background, and the site offers a very comprehensive package about the subject. However, the whole thing talks about immigrants in their entirety, so I’ll put snippets here of what was said about asylum seekers: 

  • Seeking employment is often most difficult when coming from countries with large numbers of asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Those who have lived in Finland for a longer period of time are better employed. The positive development is also reflected in increased earned income and an increase in owner-occupied housing. 
  • The unemployment rate of Somalis, Iraqis and Afghans is clearly higher and the employment rate is lower than that of the native population. These countries have often come to Finland as refugees, through the asylum application process or as a result of family reunification. These background groups also highlight the low employment rate of women, especially in the first years of living in Finland. Many of Helsinki’s immigrants, especially those with a Turkish background, work as entrepreneurs.  
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How COVID-19 has affected the clientele

The number of asylum seekers has clearly decreased during the current pandemic. In April, Migri stated that no asylum applications had been submitted at Finland’s borders since the restrictions on border traffic were implemented on 19 March 2020. Asylum interviews – where the applicant’s identity is determined, the reason for seeking asylum and the itinerary on how they came to Finland is discussed -, only the busiest were carried out.

The interviews happen on premises where workers and customers can be adequately protected against possible infections. The interview rooms used have, among other things, protective plexuses to protect against droplet infections. The interviews can be done remotely.

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A sense of justice and mental health do not go hand in hand

“No health care system that excludes entire groups of people from mental health services or care serves its purpose.”

Kaisa Korhonen

I recommend listening to God Help the Outcasts by Heidi Mollenhauer.

Mental health refers to a state of being in which a person is aware of their own possibilities and abilities, and if they are able to cope with the normal stressors and challenges of life. In addition, a person is able to work and participate in the activities of their own community. Mental health disorder is a complex phenomenon that mainly affects the areas of human emotional life, thought and behavior. Mental disorders occur in different ways for different people and have in common that they are often every day, weighty, and threaten mental well-being. Mental disorders are often caused by untreated and difficult emotional states that, when prolonged, predispose a person to different types of disorders.

An individual’s mental health depends on individual factors and the world of experience, the social support and interaction received, social structures and resources, and the values determined by culture. Positive mental health refers to the cornerstone on which a person can build his or her life and face the challenges posed by everyday life. Positive mental health is essentially associated with the experience of well-being. An optimistic attitude to life and the experience of being able to influence one’s own affairs is associated with positive mental health. Mental health is not a permanent state of being, but as the life situation changes, the individual has to redefine his or her own mental health. For example, changes in the values of the surrounding society, as well as uncertainty in the economic situation, are factors that can pose challenges to maintaining positive mental health.

Now… how is it with asylum seekers?

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