People mainly move to Finland because of their studies, work or family ties. Some people have been forced to leave their home country due to difficult circumstances.
The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for immigration administration and the founding of reception centres. Integration is the responsibility of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and practical integration measures are carried out by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) and municipalities.
The Finnish Immigration Service is in charge of steering the practical operations of reception centres, as well as ensuring that victims of human trafficking receive help.
The Finnish Immigration Service makes decisions on granting Finnish nationality and residence permits. In some cases, residence permits can also be issued by the local police.
When someone moves abroad from Finland or moves to the country from abroad, Kela decides whether the migrant is covered under the Finnish social welfare system.
All of Finland
- Division of tasks in immigration affairs link
Functions and responsibilities of different authorities in immigration matters.
Finnish Immigration Service Migri
- Migration affairs under the Ministry of the Interior link
The organisation, functions and main focuses of operation.
Ministry of the Interior
- Check list of obligatory immigration matters link
A concise list of obligatory immigration documents, procedures and authorities.
Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela, Tax Administration