Health Care and Welfare of Victims of Trafficking in Finland 2017–2019
IOM Finland Country Office implemented a project that supported early identification and service counselling of victims of trafficking in health care and social work. The project was funded by STEA (Social and Health Care Assistance Center). In addition, the capacity of health and social work actors to address the specific care and support needs of victims of trafficking was strengthened. The project was supported by a multidisciplinary team of social and health care experts and specialists.
Produced materials and activities within the project
- Guide for early identification and service counselling of victims of trafficking. Available Finnish and Swedish.
- Video interviews about caring for victims of trafficking. Hanni Stoklosa, an American doctor specialized in caring victims of trafficking, tells in a three-part video series about the identification of a victim of trafficking, trauma-informed care, and how human trafficking affects the victim's health. Stoklosa works at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She has worked with IOM for many years.
- Open the door for help. A study material designed for social and health care professionals and trainers to promote the health and well-being of victims of trafficking. Available Finnish and Swedish.
- In spring 2019, training sessions were held in several cities for social and health professionals on the impact of trafficking on the health and well-being of victims.
- In summer 2019, a two-day summer school was organized for social and health education institutions, and organizations interested in counter-trafficking education.
Employment and worklife guide for asylum seekers 2017-2018
As part of the EU-funded Relocation Program, the IOM Finland Country Office carried out a workplace pilot for asylum seekers. The aim of the pilot was to support asylum seekers in assessing their skills and to accelerate their employment either during the asylum application phase or after a residence permit had been issued.
As part of the pilot, IOM Country Offices in Italy and Greece conducted competence assessments for asylum seekers participating in an internal EU program, using an evaluation tool developed by the EU Commission. IOM offices in the host countries, including Finland, implemented country-specific job-related support activities.
The IOM office in Finland provided training on working life at a reception center and produced a brochure called Looking for a job? for asylum seekers. The brochure provides an easy-to-read basic guide to the principles of Finnish working life for asylum seekers looking for a job.
The Active Citizenship: Enhancing Political Participation of Migrant Youth (ACCESS) project is a European Commission-funded project that aims to help enhance political participation among young people. The project was developed on the assumption that young people who are politically active at the local level are more likely to have a sense of European citizenship and identity and thereby contribute to the development of their societies. This project has been developed and piloted in five cities: Helsinki - Finland, Barcelona - Spain, Marseille - France, Cluj Napoca - Romania and Prague - Czech Republic.
ACCESS views young people as a positive force for transformative social change. The project has provided equal opportunities for migrant youth to participate in society, and raise awareness and recognition through non-traditional channels such as music, art, sports, movements and political statements as a means of engaging. During the project, a total of more than 125 migrant young people and political actors were brought together to discuss elements needed to foster and encourage third country national youth political participation.
During the 18-month period, the project has invited young adults to brainstorm and actively participate in influencing those areas most important to them. In all partner cities, ACCESS Youth Teams implemented various activities which connected like-minded young people together to make an impact on policies and address the challenges faced by their communities. The teams organised consultative meetings with EU parliamentarians and national authorities, where they raised issues such as youth social exclusion and marginalisation, youth unemployment and migrant youth challenges in the school environment.
The aim of the ACCESS peer review was to increase partnering municipalities’ awareness of the benefits and limitations of their practices, programmes and policies for involving migrant youth in decision-making processes, and as a result, enable municipalities to work towards more profound ways of engaging migrant young people. Through the peer review process, the project has created new ways of generating dialogue between generations and building networks between young people and decision-makers across partner countries. Peers evaluated the current policies and practices in all partner municipalities and provided concrete advice and tools for the authorities in involving young people in the planning, implementing and monitoring of questions concerning them. The findings of the review are presented in this report.
The project has also developed an online self-assessment tool, which serves the purpose of sharing information on the innovative ways for migrant young people to engage in local policy-making. The self-assessment tool allows the user to evaluate their own practices and gain valuable feedback on them, as identified by the peers.
Terve tulevaisuus – Health Material for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Health Professionals
The objective of IOM Health promotion project “Terve tulevaisuus – Health material for refugees, asylum seekers and health professionals” was to promote health care standards for the target groups. The project was implemented by IOM Helsinki during the years 2010-2011. Project partners included the Finnish Midwifes’ Association, the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals of Finland, and the local NGO Africarewo.
The project produced a resource package consisting of a handbook, a DVD and handouts which have a twofold aim. Firstly, the resource package provided information to refugees and asylum seekers about their rights to health services, helping them to better understand and appropriately make use of the Finnish health care system. Secondly, the package introduced new approaches amongst Finnish health professionals for interacting with patients who have a refugee and/or asylum seeker background.
The handbook is published in Finnish, with the DVD and handout materials available in Finnish, English, Somali, Arabic, and Dari language. These materials were designed to be used widely in reception centers, at private and municipal health care facilities, and as a part of various training events.
The DVD can be ordered by contacting us and the handouts can be downloaded from our publications page. Please note that the materials were produced in 2010-2011 so might be outdated to some extent as to the information on health services. The parts on interaction with health professionals are still valid.
A sample video is shown below. For additional sample videos in other languages (Arabic, Finnish, Dari, Somali), please visit this project's Youtube channel.