Supporting integration and resilience

Many immigrants need help in coping with the Finnish public administration and building their everyday lives. The Finnish Refugee Council supports immigrants with the challenges of the service system, working life and everyday life.

Individual guidance for young adults

Kurvi provides ad hoc assistance, support and counselling on specific issues related to immigration and permits for young adults who have moved to Finland. We encourage our clients to speak Finnish, but we can also provide counselling in English, Arabic, Persian, Dari, Swedish and Swahili.

In addition, we offer training for public sector professionals, NGOs and students on permit issues for immigrants as well as the situation of immigrants in the service system.

Inquiries regarding counselling for young adults: +358 44 7328 061

More information on Kurvi webpage.

Counselling for people fleeing war in Ukraine

We provide counselling on working life matters, such as employment contracts and working conditions. We also offer counselling on integration related topics such as housing, education, recreation and dealing with officials.

Counselling on residence permits and matters concerning Ukrainians (Finnish, Ukrainian, Russian): 
Irina Eteläaho, tel. 044 724 9882,

Counselling on working life (Finnish, Russian, English):
Maria Lavonen, tel. 044 742 9214,

We also work at the Ukraine Help Centre in Helsinki, Vallila and provide counselling to Ukrainians at reception centres and educational institutions, among other places. More information on our webpage.

Preventing gang affiliation and radicalisation of young people

We work preventively to promote the well-being of young people and families with foreign backgrounds. The focus of our work is on preventing spirals of violence and drifting into a criminal path, gang affiliation or radicalisation. We also prioritize supporting family interaction and parenthood.

In addition, we educate professionals in various fields about the themes of gang affiliation and radicalisation. In cooperation with other experts, we address problems in services that fail to meet the needs of families with foreign backgrounds.

The project is carried out in cooperation with Children of the Station and funded by the EU and STEA.

More information on project’s webpage.