European Interest

Finland needs immigrants

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A view of the industrial zone of Helsinki.

A skills shortage in Finland is one of the biggest challenges to growth and internationalisation by many social and healthcare companies, according to the interior ministry.

This is why the Finnish government unveiled a policy programme for promoting employment-based immigration to Finland.

“Competition for international talent has become so fierce that it is necessary to ensure a smooth residence permit process in addition to fostering the other factors that affect how [foreign employees] settle in the country,” reads an interior ministry press release.

“Increasing electronic services, for example, is of great significance in that regard.”

As reported by The Helsinki Times, the government’s policy programme outlines measures not only to increase employment-based immigration but also to promote the integration of foreign employees and foster good relations between various population groups. It also includes measures designed to enable the more effective recognition and utilisation of the labour potential of the existing immigrant population in Finland.

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