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Associations and Volunteers

Associations and Volunteers

Does your association work with those who have moved to Finland? Do you organise activities to support integration? Are you volunteering with immigrants? Are you interested in volunteering or association activities supporting integration? These pages are for you!

Promoting integration is the promotion of inclusion and dialogue between the society and the integrating immigrant communities. Associations, volunteers, parishes, and other local groups, as well as us ordinary people, can promote dialogue and inclusion through everyday encounters. We all play an important role!

The Welcome Office pages for the associations and volunteers are about inclusion. They bring together information, tools, events, and activities related to supporting the integration of migrants.

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Creative methods

Have you already learned about creative methods to promote inclusion? The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL has compiled a comprehensive information package on how to use creative methods to strengthen participation. The tools are suitable not only to support integration but also to be applied with other target groups.

Learn more about the THL material (in Finnish)

MAUNO: National training package for guidance and counselling for foreign-language speakers

Coming to the homepage in August!

Online training for actors promoting integration |

The training package strengthens the guidance and counselling work for foreign-language speakers. The training develops and recognises competence and increases coherence in guidance and counselling work at national level. The training is aimed at all those working with immigrants.

Tips for action with migrants

Why reinvent the wheel? There is a wide range of operating models developed in Finland and abroad to promote the integration of new residents.

International examples of activities

Innokylä models for action


Partnership programme

Check out the partnership programme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.


Check out the Ostrobothnia ETNO network Facebook pages.

Read more about good relations between population groups:

Ministry of Justice/Etno



The promotion of integration is multidisciplinary, and funding for activities supporting integration can be obtained from several sources. It is worth thinking broadly and looking for interfaces with even those sources of funding that are not directly related to migrants or support for integration.



Structural Funds in the EU 

Local Leader Groups and Rural Development: Leader in the EU, Development projects — ELY Centre

Special funding provided by government ministries

EU funding