Reader ‘s opinion The Coalition Party’s immigration line is logical

The Coalition Party wants to promote work-related immigration, develop the integration of asylum seekers who have been granted a residence permit and bring realism to immigration policy.

Helsingin Sanomat ‘Employment should now be increased rather than restricted’ (HS 30.7.) addresses the Coalition Party’s integration agenda and criticizes its inconsistency with our goal of promoting labor migration. Our opening is not contradictory, because it is about two different things. In the editorial, labor migration, asylum policy, and integration became entangled.

An immigrant at work is a person who already has a job when he or she comes to Finland. Finland needs more of these people, because there are still 145,000 job vacancies today. Of course, the number of unemployed is double, but due to the matching problem, several jobs are filled by foreigners.

The Coalition Party has proposed doubling international recruitment from the time before the corona. That would mean about 25,000 work-related immigrants each year. Among the means we have proposed are the removal of the availability check and the so-called Good Employer certificate. Those companies with proven working conditions would quickly get paid labor from abroad.

An asylum seeker does not apply for Finland as a job seeker, but on the basis of international protection, because he / she feels that his / her life is threatened. During the asylum process, it is determined whether the applicant has a valid reason for obtaining asylum. If not, then you have to return home. In line with Danish practice, the Coalition Party wants to promote voluntary return in addition to returns.

Integration and job search are key when a person seeking protection in Finland receives a residence permit. Asylum seekers are not a solution to Finland’s labor shortage, but it is important that as many working-age and able-bodied people as possible who remain in Finland permanently remain in work.

Unemployment, especially from Africa and the Middle East, is high through asylum and related family reunification. This shows that we have not succeeded in integration. Reforming integration is not the fault, but the goal is to help better.

Social security should encourage people to take up work during the integration phase, as employment is the best way to promote integration. It is therefore justified to link, for example, a 20% share of social security at the initial stage of entry to the entrant’s own activity. In this case, the immigrant must, among other things, study the language and participate in employment-promoting training in order to receive full support. According to the Nordic examples, a permanent residence permit must be linked to learning Finnish or Swedish. Of course, an employee or researcher can continue to obtain a residence permit based on causation without language studies.

The Coalition Party wants to promote work-related immigration, develop the integration of asylum seekers who have been granted a residence permit and bring realism to immigration policy. We need to succeed in these matters so that Finland can cope with the challenges of an aging population.

Arto Satonen

Member of Parliament

Pia Kauma

Member of Parliament

Ville Kaunisto

Member of Parliament

Reader opinions are speeches written by HS readers, selected and delivered by HS editorial. You can leave a comment or read the principles of the writing at www.hs.fi/kirjtamielipidekirjoitus/.

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