Report on the Employment of Asylum Seekers in Finland


Startup Refugees has been actively involved in the employment and entrepreneurship of newcomers for over four years. In 2020, we decided to publish a report to make the profiles of 3,149 newcomers visible, to bring their skills and professional backgrounds to light, and to discuss some of the trends related to the employment of asylum seekers and refugees. In our experience, the best and fastest way to integrate newcomers into society is through work, and employment should happen sooner rather than later.

Based on our 3,149 skill profiles, we observed that asylum seekers bring a great variety of skills and educational backgrounds, which can benefit Finland and the Finnish society in many different ways. Our results show that people are highly motivated to work in sectors, where it’s hard to find workers in Finland.

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