The realization of the social rights of illegal immigrants varies greatly in Finland

The realization of the social rights of illegal immigrants varies greatly in Finland

The realization of illegal social rights, such as basic subsistence and care, varies greatly from municipality to municipality. – This seems to be partly related to who is defined as illegal and directing social services and thus the more widely estimated number of illegal people in the municipality, says the researcher. Anitta Kynsilehto From the University of Tampere.

According to Kynsilhto, undocumented work is a phenomenon that allows the exploitation of people without a valid residence permit and creates a parallel society.

– Legislation and administrative practices cause undocumentation, so addressing these shortcomings can at least reduce, if not eliminate, the number of paperless people. It is in everyone’s interest that exclusion is avoided and that everyone has equal fundamental rights, regardless of their residence permit, Kynsilehto emphasizes.

By Camilla Maruccoone of the researchers in the project, the deletion of all documents living in Finland is both a human and financially sustainable solution that would strengthen public safety, health and justice.

– The welfare state and the constitutional state are based on how the welfare and fundamental rights of the vulnerable are implemented, Marucco says.

Information on the realization of the rights of illegal immigrants has been collected by interviewing welfare professionals working in the public sector as well as third sector actors working with illegal immigrants around the country.

– The aim is to utilize the results of the research in the preparation of legislation and in the guidelines of the ministries, Kynsilehto says.

Diakonia University of Applied Sciences is the main contractor in the research project Realized the Social Rights of Illegal Immigrants in Finland, commissioned and funded by the Government. The Tampere University Foundation from the University of Tampere is involved in the project. The duration of the research project is 1.9.2021-30.9.2022.

Project Executive Director:

  • Marja KatiskoAssistant Professor, Research Fellow, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences

Research team participants:

  • Iiris AnnalaDoctoral Candidate, University of Tampere.
  • Camilla Marucco, Project Researcher / Doctor, University of Tampere / University of Turku.
  • Tuula Pehkonen-Elmiexpert, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences
  • Maija Kalm-AkubardiaPhD researcher, University of Helsinki
  • Anitta Kynsilehto, researcher, University of Tampere
  • Katy ViljanenResearch Assistant, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences

Source: Diaconia University of Applied Sciences

Source: The Nordic Page

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