Finland’s landscape is not as strong as we think, the expert tells HS

Mari K. NiemiE2 The director of the study stated that the need for improvement can be seen from the fact that many respondents to the non-profit research organization’s surveys believe that education and experience acquired abroad is underestimated in .

“There was no difference in the responses of highly educated international skilled workers living in Finland and returning . It is an alarming message,” he said.

Mikko ValtonenA senior expert at the Chamber of Commerce estimates that the country still does not have the ability to market its strengths sufficiently, while the weaknesses are clearly visible at a glance on the world map.

“Weaknesses are automatically recognized. A cold climate and a 1,300-kilometer border with , he said.

The national debate on -related immigration was reignited on Saturday Pasi Saukkonen, senior researcher at City Information Center. Saukkonen told In the opinion of , it is completely unrealistic to think that work-based immigration could fix Finland’s deteriorating dependency ratio and labor shortage.

As Finland’s population is aging and its structure is rapidly moving towards the non-working age, decision-makers and business representatives have demanded an increase in work-related immigration by up to hundreds of thousands.

Saukkonen crushed these hopes, referring to the fierce competition for skilled labor and the relatively small number of immigrants already in Finland.

“The idea is repeated because people want to adopt it. We have no reason to believe that we could get such people to Finland who would solve our problems. Especially problems related to the maintenance relationship can never be solved by immigration,” he reasoned. “Our competitive situation is not exactly great. If you compare the salary level, is much better. People make rational choices.”

According to Saukkonen, especially in remote areas, the outlook is bleak.

“There is not a single example in the West where international immigration has corrected the demographics or the labor shortage in an area that lacked dynamism and people left to begin with,” he said.

He also questioned whether there is a willingness to welcome the necessary number of immigrants.

“I strongly doubt this,” he told Helsingin Sanomat. “When you are already talking about a population with a foreign background that is growing almost in a panic, what discussion would there be if immigration were really at the desired level and what would that mean in terms of the challenges of the education sector?”

EK’s Räsänen estimates that such concerns are true.

According to him, Finland is indeed lagging behind other countries in attracting international labor, while the issue has only started to be discussed more widely in the last couple of years. recently ranked 18th in the country on the list of talent attractiveness after all other and .

Public attitudes are equally important. Räsänen claimed that it is difficult to take a strong stance on humanitarian immigration while talking about a country that is open to work-based immigrants.

“The country should be attractive to foreigners in general.”

“The country must be attractive to foreigners in general,” he said. “It is clear that the general climate must be international.”

According to Valtonen of the Chamber of Commerce, Saukkonen’s interview may have offered an overly pessimistic view of the possibilities of immigration.

“I’m sure his thoughts are on solid ground on labor immigration, which will not solve all the demographic and dependency issues,” he said. “If we continue on the same path, I’m sure the impact will be modest. That’s why we emphasize change that makes Finland more attractive and easier to reach.

Both Valtonen and Niemi from E2 Research emphasized that spouses of international recruiters also have job opportunities. Niemi also encouraged employers to consider whether the knowledge of Finnish is really an absolute prerequisite for all positions and reminded that foreign employees can have contact networks that more than compensate for the lack of language skills.

In addition, it is important to note that, according to him, not all international experts intend to learn the language and stay in the country until retirement age.

“They don’t come here primarily to promote Finland’s national economy. They come here to live their lives,” Niemi reminded.

According to research, the courage to recruit from abroad often pays off, Helsingin Sanomat emphasized. The Chamber of Commerce recently reported that only five percent of companies that have hired foreign workers, either temporary or permanent, have had negative experiences. At the same time, about 70 percent of the companies reported that they had positive or very positive experiences with the foreign workforce.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page




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