An Experiment Aims to Find 2,500 New Jobs For Immigrants in the Following Three Years

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Jyrki Katainen, European Commission vice president responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, wishes the best success to all parts who benefit from the investment. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

If all goes well, we could have 2,500 new jobs for immigrants in the upcoming three years. The European Investment Fund invests 10 million euros in an experiment aimed to finding jobs for immigrants and to help employers find the skilled labor they need.

Immigrants’ unemployment has for years been two to five times higher than that of the native population, and it takes much more time for them to enter the labor market.

In the experiment, the employment of immigrants is facilitated by bringing training to workplaces and customizing it according to what is needed to do the job. “The project is the first of its kind in Europe, and we will follow its impact very closely as we hope it may serve as a model for others. I wish the best success to all who benefit from the education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities offered by the project,” said Jyrki Katainen, European Commission vice president responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness.

According to Jari Gustafsson, the permanent secretary at the economic and employment ministry, “Immigrants who find employment strengthen the viability of municipalities and Finland’s economic growth.” “With the growing numbers of immigrants, it is even more important than before to facilitate their entry to the labor market,” he said.

“The companies participating in the experiment represent sectors that have difficulties in finding workforce, such as the manufacturing industry, building, trade and services. The experiment is first carried out in Uusimaa and Southwest Finland, and it will be extended to regions where there is a shortage of labor as considered necessary.

Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

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