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Balancing studies and fun in Finland - thisisFINLAND

Balancing studies and fun in Finland - thisisFINLAND | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
You may have heard rumours about Finland’s unconventional student culture, but you have no idea what you’re getting into.
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Studying in Finland...what foreigners should know about the student culture

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(MULTI) (PDF) - Migration: Key terms in 23 languages | EU Bookshop

(MULTI) (PDF) - Migration: Key terms in 23 languages | EU Bookshop | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it

"Migration has been a constant phenomenon throughout the history of mankind. We live in an increasingly globalised world and the mobility of persons is among its most visible features. This mobility is likely to increase in the future, primarily because economies are increasingly interconnected and because of the availability of more extensive and more efficient global transport networks. Europe is - despite the ongoing financial crisis - one of the regions of the world which continues to attract migrants. This also affects all EU Member States, albeit to different degrees.

People migrate for a wide variety of reasons. In most cases, the decision to migrate is a voluntary one, prompted by a desire to seek better employment opportunities, to move for the purpose of study or research, or to ..."


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The income of immigrants considerably less than Finns

The income of immigrants considerably less than Finns | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
New figures released by Statistics Finland reveal significant discrepancy, with immigrant women the worst off.
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Should Immigrants Be Made To Learn English?

Should Immigrants Be Made To Learn English? | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Immigrants who come to live in Britain need to learn to speak English and to "respect our way of life", Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Javid, the son of Pakistani immigrants and the first Asian Secretary of State, said that people were entitled to expect that immigrants made a contribution to society.
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Why would you not want to learn the language of the country you are relocating to?

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"I can't speak English – and it's a sore point for me"

"I can't speak English – and it's a sore point for me" | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Around ten per cent of Finns do not speak any English. Raija Heikkinen has sometimes pretended to follow an English conversation because she has been too embarrassed to admit she does not understand the language.
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As a foreigner, if you speak English you will manage in Finland no problem...but the article presents a different point of view - a Finn who doesn't speak English (around 10% of the entire population)

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15-24 year olds - less than 1% do not speak English but the generation 65-79 year olds - 39% do not speak English

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Report: Roma claim discrimination in housing, job markets

Report: Roma claim discrimination in housing, job markets | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Around half of all Finnish Roma say they have experienced discrimination in the housing market, according to a fresh report from Minorities Ombudsman Eva Biaudet. The report also found that Roma respondents said they faced discrimination in the search for work.
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Assessing Immigrant Integration in Sweden after the May 2013 Riots

Assessing Immigrant Integration in Sweden after the May 2013 Riots | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
This article explores the underlying causes of the May 2013 riots across several Stockholm suburbs that have high proportions of foreign-born residents, and asks whether rapid increases in the size of Sweden's immigrant population or the government's integration efforts played a central role.
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Sweden demands EU shares out asylum seekers burden

Sweden demands EU shares out asylum seekers burden | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - With numbers of asylum seekers in Europe reaching a two-decade high, Sweden's immigration minister said many member states were sitting on the sidelines and warned the EU needed to
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Living as a Finn in Finland - thisisFINLAND

Living as a Finn in Finland - thisisFINLAND | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
For Finland’s Equality Day (Mar 19) in honour of social activist Minna Canth, we look at the accomplishments of Nasima Razmyar.
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19th of March was the official Equality Day in Finland

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Yle poll: Many Finns admit not stepping in to stop racist abuse

Yle poll: Many Finns admit not stepping in to stop racist abuse | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Respondents to an Yle survey admitted they felt intimidated or too shocked to intervene when they witnessed verbal abuse happening in the street – but said they later regretted not acting.
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To help or not to help...???

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UNHCR vädjar: Skicka inte tillbaka flyktingar till Bulgarien | ужас

UNHCR vädjar: Skicka inte tillbaka flyktingar till Bulgarien | ужас | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Publicerad på dagensarena.se FN:s flyktingorgan UNHCR uppmanar EU att tillfälligt avstå från den så kallade Dublinförordningen och inte skicka tillbaka asylsökande till Bulgarien. I fredags, den tredje januari, skickade ...
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Integration immigrants – countryborn, countryside – cities! | European Rural Parliament

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On the dusty road: One family's journey from Syria to Finland

A couple of weeks ago, the Abu Bakr family was learning a strange language in Jordan. Now they live in Kuopio, Eastern Finland.
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495 -. The number of quota refugees from Syria accepted by Finland this year.

34,700 - The number of quota refugees from Syria accepted by all countries within the past year, not counting Syria’s neighbouring states.

 

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New dual citizenship regulations a concern for Russians in Finland

New dual citizenship regulations a concern for Russians in Finland | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
A new law enforced by Kremlin at the beginning of August will affect tens of thousands of Russians in Finland.
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More bureaucracy ...According to Putin "Russia has the right to know who live in Russia and what they do. “The oaths of people taking foreign citizenship must not be overlooked. “

There are +-25 million Russian-speaking people outside Russia.

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9 Scariest Far-Right Parties Now In The European Parliament

9 Scariest Far-Right Parties Now In The European Parliament | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
One has a leader with a swastika tattoo, one wants to rid his entire country of Muslims, another has a founder who suggested releasing the Ebola virus on migrants. This is the class of 2014, the parties set to enter the European Parliament as part of the Union's most eurosceptic, far right, anti-immigrant intake of all time.
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Oh dear....

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Small municipalities hope immigrants will breathe new life into community

Small municipalities hope immigrants will breathe new life into community | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
The classrooms of the adult learning centre in Pudasjärvi in Northern Ostrobothnia are chock-a-block with students from different backgrounds: Congolese, Iranian, Russian. They are attending the Suomi startti integration training, the main goal of which is to give immigrants Finnish language skills.
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Today Finland has about 5% migrants, which is under 300 000 

 

"Pudasjärvi has set its sights on increasing the proportion of immigrants up to ten per cent by 2018 from the current three per cent."  

 

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Finland news, all the latest and breaking Finnish news - FINNBAY

Finland news, all the latest and breaking Finnish news - FINNBAY | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Finland news, all the latest and breaking Finland news from finnbay.com.
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Business lobby wants general minimum wage in Finland

Business lobby wants general minimum wage in Finland | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
The Federation of Finnish Enterprises, a lobby group advocating on behalf of entrepreneurs and businesses, wants to see Finland introduce a national minimum wage. The group suggests a new minimum would be lower than the lowest collectively-negotiated sector-based minimum salaries.
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Finland currently does not have a minimum wage. Instead, workers are protected by sector-by-sector agreements on terms and conditions that generally include minimum salaries.

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Interpreter shortage no hindrance to Congolese learning Finnish

Interpreter shortage no hindrance to Congolese learning Finnish | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Congolese asylum seekers are learning Finnish at a refugee reception centre in Pudasjärvi, mainly through practical experience. For nearly all of the refugees, their native languages are either Swahili or Kinyarwanda.
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Finland to tighten residency rules

Finland to tighten residency rules | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Finland is planning to tighten rules on asylum seekers who have had their applications denied, in a bid to prevent them receiving temporary residency....
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Bastion of tolerance, Sweden opens wide for Syria's refugees

Bastion of tolerance, Sweden opens wide for Syria's refugees | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Alone in its generosity, Sweden has opened its doors, promising blanket asylum and permanent residency to thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country. Now it is trying to embarrass others to be just as helpful.
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“What a bubble I've been living in": Discovering multicultural Finland

“What a bubble I've been living in": Discovering multicultural Finland | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Investigative journalist Sam Kingsley shares his take on the outcome of an undercover documentary which tested how Finns really react to different groups in society. Kingsley and his native Finnish researcher quickly realised that life in Finland can take on a different tone, depending on colour and perceived ethnicity.
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A lot to be done still to change people's attitudes...

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CultureDude

CultureDude | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
CultureDude- Cross the border with cultural knowledge
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Culture Dude...a new cultural awareness game to learn about cultures:)

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Green transport flourishes in Finland - thisisFINLAND

Green transport flourishes in Finland - thisisFINLAND | Immigration in Finland and Sweden | Scoop.it
Finnish transport innovators are using communications technology creatively in flexible services that reduce eco-impact.
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I always did like the public transport in Finland. If you live in one of the cities, a car is not necessary...and you can expect the transport to be on time (mostly)...and if it's not...2 minutes after the scheduled arrival time, you will see the passangers looking at their watches and then start up conversations about the delay:) 

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