Immigrant Villages Project

An integration coordinator was hired to help refugees mostly from Myanmar and Syria with language, housing, education, employment etc issues.

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Project summary: 

The rural municipality of Punkalaidun – with support from the Joutsenten Reitti Local Action Group - appointed an ‘integration coordinator’ to support the inclusion of immigrants arriving in the area.
The integration coordinator acts as the primary point of contact for immigrant arrivals, helping them to access work and training opportunities, health and other local services, as well as dealing with everyday problems as they arise. The coordinator also facilitates social interactions through local clubs and associations.

Project results: 

• Traineeships or school places for 80 refugees in Punkalaidun
• Six immigrants enjoy permanent jobs
• Increased and improved social integration between immigrants and the local community
• Increased vitality of the villages and uptake of leisure activities.