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As many Russian as Swedish speakers by 2050?

As many Russian as Swedish speakers by 2050? | Finland | Scoop.it

The Russian-speaking population of Finland has doubled in a decade and is expected to continue expanding at the same pace. The 100,000 mark is likely to be passed during the 2020's.

"If the proportion of Russian speakers among all immigrants remains the same, in 2050 they will number 200,000 to 240,000," calculates Director Ismo Söderling of the Institute of Migration.

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Julia_Ryu's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:19 AM

Finnish usually indicate some announce or electronic sign they use two languages that are Finnish and Swedish. But in these days, you can find a lot of people speaking Russian in Finland. Maybe when I go to Finland I can get more opportunity to learn more languages.

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Russian women face old prejudices

Russian women face old prejudices | Finland | Scoop.it

According to an ongoing study at the University of Eastern Finland, Russian women living in Finland face traditional forms of discrimination on a daily basis. Still, most generally enjoy living in the country -- and many have praise for their Finnish husbands.
Researcher Pirjo Pöllänen of the University of Eastern Finland's Karelian Institute in Joensuu is preparing her doctoral dissertation on the everyday lives of Russian women who have moved to Finland. So far she has carried out ethnographical interviews with 18 Russians married to Finnish men...

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Foreigners in Finland love being their own boss

Foreigners in Finland love being their own boss | Finland | Scoop.it
Immigrant entrepreneurs are the fastest-growing segment of small-business
owners in southern Finland's Uusimaa region.
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Poll: Attitudes ease toward immigration - Helsingin Sanomat

Poll: Attitudes ease toward immigration - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
ScotsmanPoll:  Finnish attitudes toward immigration have eased considerably from what they were a year ago, even though voices opposed to immigration have featured prominently on online discussion...
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This Finnish Pickle is Hard to Swallow | Slow News Day

This Finnish Pickle is Hard to Swallow | Slow News Day | Finland | Scoop.it
I only dealt with her a couple of times, but she mentioned that Finnish immigration was sqauwking about the validity of my residence permit. She expressed frustration over their intent to “cancel” it.
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Silence hinders victims of honour crimes

Silence hinders victims of honour crimes | Finland | Scoop.it
As many as 1,000 immigrant women have been the victims of violent honour crimes in Finland. Although the issue has been discussed in recent years, co-operation between officials and communities is limited.
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Monimos | Blog | THE CONCEPT "UUSSUOMALAISUUS" AND "TRUE FINNS"

The Notion of "UusSuomalainen" or "NEW Finns evolved out of an identity crisis. I believe that the term was born out of an attempted means to catogorized second and third generation emmigrants; especially those who are born in Finland. There was and is also an alternative desire to label many immigrants, who have acquire Finnish citizenship....
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Thousands of torture victims live in Finland

Thousands of torture victims live in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is once again being observed on 26 June. The Centre for Torture Survivors at the Helsinki Deaconess Institute highlights the fact that thousands of torture victims also live in Finland.
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Immigration boosts Finland's population

Immigration boosts Finland's population | Finland | Scoop.it
The population of Finland has grown by 8,100 people since the beginning of the year, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Finland. The biggest reason behind population growth was migration from abroad.
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Foreign workers stir debate in construction sector

Foreign workers stir debate in construction sector | Finland | Scoop.it
Employers and employees in the construction sector are in dispute over the number of foreign workers in the industry. They agree only that measures should be taken against grey economy.
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Guarantee pensions improve the retirement security of immigrants - Suomi.fi

Guarantee pensions improve the retirement security of immigrants - Suomi.fi | Finland | Scoop.it
Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela informs about guarantee pension's impact on retirement income of immigrants.
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Family reunification policy expected to tighten

Family reunification policy expected to tighten | Finland | Scoop.it
”Immigration is quite young in Finland, so we wonder why the Finnish policy often follows those in Sweden and Denmark,” says the vice-chairman of the Finnish Somali League, Abdiaziz Godah.

Finnish policy is also expected to tighten yet further after additional restrictions were introduced in the last parliament. Travel expenses are now only be reimbursed for quota refugees accepted by Finland, and DNA testing to ensure family members are related will continue.
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Filipino Nurses Receive their Finnish Nursing Degrees - ScandAsia.com

Filipino Nurses Receive their Finnish Nursing Degrees - ScandAsia.com | Finland | Scoop.it
Now they are also completing the Finnish university of applied sciences nursing degree programme.
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Up to 60 Spanish nurses to begin work in Finland

Up to 60 Spanish nurses to begin work in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Public health authorities in south-west Finland are hiring Spanish nurses to help fill a shortfall in healthcare workers.

 

The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the Satakunta region is interviewing nurses in Spain, which has the EU's highest unemployment rate. The first recruits will soon begin taking Finnish-language courses before beginning work here in November.

The pilot programme has piqued the interest of Spanish healthcare workers.

More than 2,000 nurses from all over Spain have applied to take part. The project's coordinator, Samuli Jalkanen, says that the first recruits are being chosen from the northern Basque Country.

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Degree no job guarantee for immigrants

Degree no job guarantee for immigrants | Finland | Scoop.it

Up to three-quarters of immigrants in Finland with a higher education are without jobs. A new doctoral dissertation indicates that language barriers, the generally poor situation in the job market and discrimination are among the problems faced by well-educated immigrants.

In many cases, degrees held by immigrants are not directly comparable to Finnish degrees.
"There is still not enough updating education and education for qualifications for these degrees to be recognized and comparable. If more resources were made available and in that way degrees were more easily made comparable, immigrants would be on the same starting line with Finns, as far as their degrees are concerned," says Henna Kyhä of the University of Turku, who wrote the dissertation entitled "Educated Immigrants in Employment Markets".

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Immigrant children benefit from Finnish education

Immigrant children benefit from Finnish education | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's education system is already praised worldwide. Now, as its population becomes more diverse, it is setting a great example when it comes to educating its immigrant children, too.

 

Finland is seen by many outsiders as monocultural – its foreign-born citizens make up just 5% of its population, compared to about 11.5% in the UK. But, over the last 15 years, Finland has diversified at a faster rate than any other European country. By 2020, a fifth of Helsinki's pupils are expected to have been born elsewhere – the majority in Russia, Estonia, Somalia and the former Yugoslavia...

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ScandAsia.Com - Changes to Finnish Immigration Law in September

Immigration authorities in Finland are planning changes to the foreigner integration law to come into effect at the beginning of September, bringing new responsibilities for local administrations. The new law forces municipalities to arrange integration services for immigrants receiving social assistance—a subsidy available to those who cannot afford even the most basic necessities—and have resided in Finland under three years.

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Amended law allows former Finns to reclaim citizenship - Helsinki Times

Amended law allows former Finns to reclaim citizenship - Helsinki Times | Finland | Scoop.it
New provisions in the Nationality Act are designed to encourage foreign students to settle in Finland.

THE FINNISH Immigration Service (Migri) is bracing itself for a flood of applications as a new Nationality Act takes effect at the beginning of September. In particular the Service is expecting applications from people who have held Finnish citizenship in the past, and who now want to reclaim it.
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Ingrian Finns' repatriation queue closing - YLE News

Ingrian Finns' repatriation queue closing - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
The right of ethnic Finns from the former Soviet Union to immigrate to Finland as returnees will expire in five years.
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Immigration policy to focus on security

Immigration policy to focus on security | Finland | Scoop.it
Immigration policy is to shift emphasis towards safeguarding security in society, says new Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen. She told YLE radio that immigration policy would now shift to officials in charge of policing.
“Immigration policy will respect basic human rights, but the other thread running through policy will be security and sustainability in society,” said the Christian Democrat. “How many immigrants we can integrate into society.”
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Doctor: Finland deports dozens of torture victims each year

The Centre for Torture Survivors in Finland has accused the Finnish Immigration Service of callous disregard for torture victims. They say that dozens of asylum seekers have their applications turned down and are deported back to their country of origin, in contravention of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Nearly 60 percent of all asylum seekers in Finland have some kind of torture trauma. Physical and sexual torture are the most commonly understood ways in which people experience torture, but the effects of psychological torture can be even more serious.
The centre’s director, Pekka Tuomala, says that psychological torture can involve watching relatives killed or raped, and that those cases are often ignored. Around 200 torture survivors are referred to the centre, which is run by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, each year.
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The St. Petersburg Times - Finns Relax Rules For Ingrians

Finland expects up to 1,500 Ingrians to move to Finland from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast in the next five years after it retracts some of the stricter requirements of its policy of repatriating Russia’s Ingrian Finns on July 1 this year.

Ingrian Finns will be able to move to Finland after a five-year transition period by July 1 2016, the Finnish immigration service said last week.

Upon completing the transition term, Ingrians will be able to request permission to stay in Finland.

The conditions for entry remain the same: Candidates must be of Finnish origin, pass exams in either Finnish or Swedish and own a residence in Finland.

Repatriates are not required to have a job or income, which distinguishes them from regular immigrants to Finland.
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Drop in number of asylum seekers

Drop in number of asylum seekers | Finland | Scoop.it
A total of 913 people applied for asylum in Finland during the first half of this year. The number of applicants is around 40 percent less than a year ago.
If the same trend continues, it is thought the total number of asylum seekers will reach 3,000 by the end of the year. Last year, there were a total of 4,018 asylum applications.
The majority of asylum seekers came from Iraq, Somalia, Russia and Afghanistan.
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Finland takes steps against illegal immigration from India

Finland takes steps against illegal immigration from India | Finland | Scoop.it
Illegal immigration from India to Finland is on the rise, and sometimes Finland is used as an entry point to Europe as a whole. The Foreign Ministry, the Finnish Border Guard and the Finnish Immigration Service are planning to address the problem by sending a border guard to the Finnish mission in New Delhi.
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Finland places fourth in immigrant integration policy : Finland Business News

Finland places fourth in immigrant integration policy : Finland Business News | Finland | Scoop.it
A study comparing immigrant integration policies of the EU countries, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, puts Finland in fourth place in the degree to which legislation and immigration policy helps newcomers adapt to their new country of residence.
The Migration Integration Policy Index study by the Migration Policy Group organisation put Sweden in first place, followed by Portugal, Canada, and Finland.
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Info4migrants's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:46 AM

We are proud of this fact:)