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Working group of State Secretaries promoting education-based and work-based immigration to be launched 

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 4.2.2022 10.04
Press release
International students in the laboratory.

A new working group of State Secretaries has been set up to drive the achievement of Finland’s goal to significantly increase the immigration of skilled labour. The group will oversee the implementation of the extensive action plan presented in the roadmap for education-based and work-based immigration, and support related cross-administrative cooperation. 

The Government aims to at least double work-based immigration by 2030, thereby helping to achieve the objective set out in the sustainability roadmap, which is to increase work-based immigration by 50,000 persons. Another objective is that after 2030, there will be an annual increase of at least 10,000 in work-based immigration.  

The aim is to triple the number of new foreign degree students to 15,000 by 2030, and to retain and employ 75 per cent of them in Finland after graduation. 

Roadmap implementation requires extensive cooperation

To achieve these objectives, the Government has drawn up a roadmap for education-based and work-based immigration. It contains measures designed to make Finland more attractive to international talent and their family members. The implementation of the roadmap will also strengthen general government finances in accordance with the sustainability roadmap.

The implementation of the roadmap will require determined work and extensive cross-administrative cooperation, which is why a working group of State Secretaries on education-based and work-based immigration was established to support these efforts. 

“For Finland to succeed in the fierce global competition for skilled labour, it is essential to have seamless cooperation between the various actors involved in the process. The working group of State Secretaries will promote the implementation of the roadmap and make sure that everyone is on the same page,” says Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen

Several ministries represented in the working group

The working group is chaired by State Secretary Ville Kopra from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Other members include State Secretaries and Special Advisers from various ministries, and public officials.  

The term of the working group runs from 4 February 2022 to 31 March 2023. In addition to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the group includes representatives from the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance.

The group’s work is supported by experts from Business Finland, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, the Development and Administration Centre (KEHA) for Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment; the Finnish Immigration Service, and Employment and Economic Development Offices. 

Iiris Niinikoski, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 047 372
Ville Kopra, State Secretary, tel. +358 295 047 184
Petra Lehto, Programme Director, tel. +358 295 047 188

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