“During the spring, we have established 49 new reception centers and offices all over Finland and now, for the first time in history, also in Åland,” says the head of the reception unit. Pekka Nuutinen.
The majority of Ukrainians live in private housing with relatives or volunteers, and they have arranged their own accommodation. Reception services, such as social and health services and a reception allowance, are also provided to asylum seekers or applicants for temporary protection who live in a private home.
“Cooperation with the Åland government and the Finnish Red Cross has been very good and effective. We would also like to thank all the volunteers who have so far accommodated Ukrainians in Åland, ”says the department head. Rafael Bärlund From the Finnish Immigration Service. Bärlund acts as a liaison between the Finnish Immigration Service and the Åland State.
The Finnish Immigration Service is responsible for directing, planning and supervising the operation of the reception system. The Finnish Immigration Service’s reception centers are located in Helsinki, Lappeenranta (Joutseno) and Oulu. Other reception centers are run by organizations, Finnish municipalities and companies. There are currently a total of 69 reception centers, branches and service points in private homes, as well as 8 reception centers for minors. Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there were 20 reception centers and 7 juvenile units in Finland.
- General information on the subject lives in a reception center and overnight stay in private accommodation
- To the answers frequently asked questions about the accommodation of Ukrainian refugees
Source: Finnish Immigration Service
Source: The Nordic Page