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Factsheet for measure FI-2022-12/2397 – Updated – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 14 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Author||Elina Härmä (Oxford Research)|
|Measure added||20 May 2022 (updated 19 June 2023)|
The government of Finland decided to grant refugees the right to work in Finland immediately after they submit their application for temporary protection under the EU Directive on Temporary Protection 2001/55/EC and the Finnish Aliens Act 301/2004 [Ulkomaalaislaki].
The Confederation of Finnish Industries EK together with the staffing company Staffpoint launched the Security Through Work-Project. This programme aims to organise Finnish companies that are willing to employ refugees with a working permit.
The measure was originally suggested to the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK by the staffing company Staffpoint as a way to ensure access to labour markets and ease the transition to living in Finland for Ukrainian refugees. Staffpoint is operating pro bono for four months. The programme is coordinated by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. The programme is available for all refugees with work permits, not just those from Ukraine.
The participating companies can be from any sector, as long as they are committed to employ refugees during the project and contribute to increased internationality of Finnish work culture.
The aim of the project is to find employment for 200 to 400 refugees. Over 30 companies have participated as of 24 March 2022.
After the pilot phase, 439 Ukrainians and other refugees found employment through the project, according to a press release by one of the initiators StaffPoint. As of 10 October 2022, over 88 companies had signed up for the project.
||Applies to all businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The project is coordinated by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.
No information on trade union reactions.
Eurofound (2022), Identifying Finnish companies to employ refugees, measure FI-2022-12/2397 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FI-2022-12_2397.html
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