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Immigrant services

Information for Immigrants:

A brochure called "Immigrants Guide" (pdf, 3.94 Mt) ) gives contact information and a short introduction of immigrant services and activities in Seinäjoki. It also gives information on the social integration process of a migrant person into Finnish society. At the early stage of integration, an immigrant is supported by drafting an individual integration plan. An immigrant’s own responsibility and active cooperation is important, and immigrants are offered different services from various authorities and institutions.

Important Websites for Immigrants:

The Support Centre for Immigrants with disabilities has published a service guide in 12 languages.

Info Bank, Necessary basic information for immigrants on the functioning of the Finnish society and opportunities in Finland, drawn up by the City of Helsinki. Info Bank contains basic information about
Finnish society and culture (Tervetuloa Suomeen), permits needed by those settling in Finland (Lupa-asiat), housing (Asuminen), studying Finnish (suomen kieli), finding employment and starting a business (työ), education (koulutus), health care (terveys), social services (sosiaalipalvelut), getting help in a crisis (kriisitilanteet), cultural and leisure services (kulttuuri ja vapaa-aika), and NGOs and associations (yhdistykset), as well as links to websites where you will find additional information. In 14 languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, Estonian, French, Russian, Somali, Serb Croat, Turkish, Spanish, Albanian, Arabic, Persian Chinese and Kurdish.

Migrating to Finland? - provided by the Finnish Migration Service

www.uvi.fi Finnish Migration Service (Maahanmuuttovirasto) ) operates under the Ministry of the Interior, handling and resolving matters related to entry into and residence in Finland of individual foreigners, removal from the country, refugee status and citizenship. Some themes: Visiting Finland/ Working in Finland/ Studying in Finland/ Returnees/ Refugees and asylum seekers/ News and Information about Finland/ Links to various authorities and organisations.

The website of the Ministry of the Interior has a ‘Home in Finland’ guide, which contains information on accommodation, education and social security for immigrants in different languages:

Suomi.fi Information and public services necessary in everyday life in Finland.
Suomi.fi Website aimed at the parents and teachers of child immigrants , providing necessary information about schools in Finland, teaching, everyday life at school, health care, etc. Funded by the Finnish National Board of Education (Opetusministeriö) and kept up-to-date by the City of Turku.

The Child Daycare Services of the City of Seinäjoki

www.mol.fi Employment and Economic Development Office (Työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto), information on employment services in Finland, labour legislation and working in Finland.

Kotouttamisohjelma (pdf, 0.31 Mt) (in Finnish) Integration program of the City of Seinäjoki.

Finnish Centre for Pensions, information for immigrants

Development Director Mr. Erkki Välimäki

+358 6 416 2111

Secretary Ms. Jaana Hurme

+358 6 416 2111


Vice Refugee coordinator: Christina Piippo
p. +358 6 416 6410, +358 40 7748765


Refugee worker Armi Itäpalo

+358 44 754 1740