Integration 2020 Programme

Program changes possible

Effective initial stage of integration and cross-sectoral cooperation

TimePresenter-specific titlePresenter(s)Language or subtitles
9.00–9.30Opening of Integration 2020 eventRenaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
Session 1: Integration shock
9.30–9.50Integrating in Kabul as a FinnDäman Saeed, Maryam Mousapour, Sharifa Sarkhosh, Annika Guttormsen, Taina Karhu and Titta TurunenDari, Finnish
9.50–10.00Discussion in small groups Finnish
10.00–10.15Speech by expertMelody Karvonen, Expert in multiculturalism, lecturerFinnish
Session 2: Integrating immigrants as actors in integration. What is peer guidance and how does it benefit integrating immigrants?
10.30–10.50Peer guidance in a nutshellPetri Komulainen, Peer guidance coordinator, Finnish Refugee CouncilFinnish
10.50–11.13Reports and descriptions of peer guidanceDäman Saeed and Tsega Solomon, Peer guidance counsellorsFinnish
11.13–11.15SummaryHost Heli Tikkanen, Peer guidance coordinator, Finnish Refugee CouncilFinnish
11.30–12.30Lunch and visit to the virtual exhibition space
Session 3: Successful move from reception centre to municipality.
12.30–12.45Review: Moving from the reception centre to the municipality and the factors affecting its ease.Nea Kariluoto and Petri Rosengren, Pori Reception CentreFinnish
12.45–13.00Can the Let’s talk about children-method be used for continuous family support?Bitta Söderblom,  Let’s talk about children in reception centres project, Mieli ryFinnish, Swedish
13.00–13.15DiscussionHost Anu Kosloff, Reception centre coordinator, Finnish Red CrossFinnish
Session 4: Importance of restoring family links in integration. Importance of restoring family links in integration.
13.30–13.45Restoring Family Links – what RFL is about and why it is important in integration whatever the country context is?Amandine Roussel, Finnish Red Cross volunteer, on parental leave from ICRCEnglish
13.45–14.00Concrete difficulties in family reunification processHanna Laari, Executive lawyer, Finnish Refugee Advice CenterEnglish
14.00–14.15DiscussionHost Tiina Salmio, Coordinator – Resettlement and Family Reunification, Finnish Red CrossEnglish
14.15–14.45Coffee break
Session 5: Engaging Communities in Refugee Protection: The Potential of Community Sponsorships
14.45–15.05Introduction of the concept of community-based sponsorshipWilfried Buchhorn, UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic CountriesEnglish
15.05–15.15Testimonies sharing of experience from a CS initiative in Europe: Achievements, challenges and lessons learned (Representatives of a CS program, in incl. sponsors and refugees -pre-recorded videos) English
15.15–15.20Comments – the Finnish point of viewVarpu Taarna, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of FinlandEnglish
15.20–15.30Questions and discussionVarpu Taarna, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of FinlandEnglish

Engagement and participation

TimePresenter-specific titlePresenter(s)Language/subtitles
9.00–9.30Opening of Integration 2020 eventHost Renaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
9.30–9.35Welcome and video presentations – general rulesModerators:
Melis Ari-Gurhanli, Coordinator, Mieli ry – MIOS project; Meg Sakilayan-Latvala, Lecturer, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences
Finnish
Session 1: What do the MIPEX 2020 results say about Finland’s integration policy?
9.35–10.25How does Finland fare in the MIPEX 2020 study compared with other countries?Markus Himanen, Researcher, University of HelsinkiFinnish
CommentsSaid Aden, Senior specialist, City of Espoo; Shadia Rask, Research manager, Equality and Inclusion Unit, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL; Svetlana Tchistiakova, Chairperson, Vantaa Russian ClubFinnish
Session 2: Finland’s Swedish-speaking scene against discrimination
10.30–11.20The work against discriminationModerator: Danielle Lindholm Panelists: Ola Kellgren, Direktör, Nordisk Kultur Kontakt; Ann-Jolin Grüne, Team Leader, Luckan; Halimo Ahmed, Suomen Somalinaisten kehitys rySwedish
11.20–11.30Spoken wordTania NathanEnglish
11.30–12.30Lunch and visit to the virtual exhibition space  
12.30–12.35Video presentationModerators:
Melis Ari-Gurhanli, Coordinator, Mieli ry – MIOS project; Meg Sakilayan-Latvala, Lecturer, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences
Finnish
Session 3: Couch discussion: Practical challenges and lessons learned when working with different language and cultural backgrounds
12.35–13.30What are the most common challenges for organisations when working with different language and cultural backgrounds? Where are the problems with inclusion and getting the message through?Moderators:
Melis Ari-Gurhanli, Coordinator, Mieli ry – MIOS project; Meg Sakilayan-Latvala, Lecturer, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences;  Speakers: specialist Artem Kuosti; director Duin Ghazi, Irakin Naisten Yhdistys; sosionom Shugri Mohamed
Finnish
Session 4: Pitching: New ideas from organisations to strengthen engagement and inclusion
13.30–14.15Seven actors from the third sector present their ideas for strengthening engagement and inclusion. Which is the best idea? The audience votes.Representatives from the organisationsFinnish, Swedish, English
14.15–14.25Spoken wordTania NathanEnglish
Session 5: International panel discussion: Migrant participation and leadership across borders – In Europe and the USA
14.30–14.35On migrant political participation and representationLord Mayor of Dublin Hazel ChuEnglish
14.35–15.30What encourages immigrant communities and community members to be more active, to organize and represent themselves and to become powerful actors in the society?

Moderator: Thomas Huddleton, Research director, Migration Policy Group, Brussels; Panellists:

Teresa Buczkowska, Integration manager, Immigrant Council of Ireland;
Yonous Muhammadi, Executive director, Greek Forum of Refugees;
Gustavo Torres, Executive director,  CASA –Virginia, USA

English

Receptiveness of society and population relationships

TimePresenter-specific titlePresenter(s)Language/subtitles
9.00–9.30Opening of Integration 2020 eventRenaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
Session 1: Democracy and inclusion
9.30–10.00Foreigners as candidates in municipal electionsJosefina Sipinen, Doctoral researcher, University of TampereFinnish
10.00–10.25Promoting of local democracy and inclusion: Case of EspooKia Leidenius, Specialist, City of Espoo och Sari Hammar, Project manager, City of EspooSwedish
10.25–10.35Break
Session 2: About racism and discrimination
10.35–11.05Racism and discrimination in working lifeMichaela Moua, Project manager, Ministry of JusticeFinnish
11.05–11.30Comments: Microaggression and allianceLotta Palonen, HR expert, L&TFinnish
11.30–12.30Lunch and visit to the virtual exhibition space
Session 3: Challenges of integration in everyday life
12.30–13.00Speech by the Refugee woman of the year 2019 and the Refugee man of the year 2020Rand Mohamad Deeb, Refugee woman of the year 2020; Kordnejad Ebrahimi, Refugee man of the year 2020Finnish
13.00–13.20Comment and discussionJohanna Sjöholm, Executive Director, Nicehearts ryFinnish
13.20–13.30Break
Session 4: Cooperation and successes
13.30–14.15From experiment to practice. How to maintain good and long-term cooperation between organisations and authorities?Analyn Wagas-Hyvönen, Espoo Regional coordinator and Liisa Gold, Project manager, Neighbourhood mothers, Nicehearts ry; Maria Tiilikkala, Cooperation coordinator, City of Espoo; Milla Mäkilä, Project manager, Uusimaa Ely CentreFinnish
14.15–14.45Coffee break
Session 5: Support for integration and partnership
14.45–15.00Speech on the importance of low-threshold engagement for integration and inclusion alongside statutory servicesMilla MäkiläFinnish
15.00–15.15Receptiveness, inclusion and partnership of societyAnna Bruun, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentFinnish
15.15–15.30Final discussionMilla Mäkilä, Anna Bruun, Peter Kariuki and Sari Hammar 

Health and wellbeing

TimePresenter-specific titlePresenter(s)Language/subtitles
9.00–9.30Opening of Integration 2020 eventRenaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
Session 1: Health and service experiences of people who have moved to Finland – samples from the Survey on Well-Being among Foreign Born Population (FinMonik) by region. Host: Marisel Soto Godoy, Integration Center Monika
9.30–10.15How do I utilise the data from Survey on Well-Being among Foreign Born Population 2018–2019 (FinMonik)?Statistical researcher Eero Lilja, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish
Health service experiences of immigrants in Finland – differences and similarities between regionsResearch manager Hannamaria Kuusio, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish
Health and wellbeing of immigrants in Finland – differences and similarities between regionsProject coordinator Anna Seppänen, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish
Plans for monitoring health and wellbeing of immigrants in FinlandHannamaria KuusioFinnish
Comment: Need and utilisation of monitoring data in municipalities and regionsRegional coordinator Nexhat Beqiri, At home in Finland project, Uusimaa Ely CentreFinnish
Session 2: Violence against immigrant women as an obstacle to integration
10.30–11.30Violence against immigrant women – Identification, special features, and help for the victimsNatalie Gerbert, Director of the Crisis Center, Multicultural Women’s Association Monika ryFinnish
Comment: City of VantaaMerituuli Vuorikoski, Vantaan osaamiskeskus 
11.30–12.30Lunch and visit to the virtual exhibition space
Session 3: Rehabilitation, Assistance and Integration of Victims of Human Trafficking. Host: Special coordinator Saida Mäki-Penttilä, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
12.30–13.15• Building employability skills and working life competence for victims of human trafficking: Examples from Finland and the UK
• What is the IKUT-project and how does it aim to help victims of human trafficking in Finland?
• Introducing the UK model case: Co-op and the Bright Future Project
• Impacts of Human Trafficking On Female and Child Victims and Survivors of Trafficking
Project Manager Veikko Mäkelä, National Assistance System for Victims of Human Trafficking (Finland) & Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Anna Nuotio, MONIKA – Multicultural Women’s Association, FinlandEnglish
Session 4: A good life during the coronavirus year? How to support wellbeing in exceptional circumstances?
13.30–14.15Effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the wellbeing of people born abroadProject manager Natalia Skogberg, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish
Multilingual study on immigrant experiences at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic – University of TampereChief researcher Eerika Finell, University of TampereFinnish
Inclusion as a resource for mental health (Melis Ari-Gurhanli, Mieli ry/MIOS project)Melis Ari-Gurhanli, Project coordinator, Mieli ryFinnish
CommentExecutive director Mania Alkhatib, Finnish-Syrian Friendship SocietyFinnish
14.15–14.45Coffee break
Session 5: The PALOMA Centre of Expertise’s support for professionals and organisations in mental health services for people with refugee backgrounds. Host: Saida Mäki-Penttilä
14.45–15.30What is the PALOMA Centre of Expertise?Project manager Johanna Mäki-Opas, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish
PALOMA training strengthens professional competenceProject coordinator Laura Somersalo, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish
PALOMA Centre of Expertise in the Tampere regionSpecialist Marianne Rautiokoski, Tampere University Hospital 

Competence and work

TimePresenter-specific titlePresenter(s)Language/subtitles
9.00–9.30Opening of Integration 2020 eventRenaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
Session 1: Labour market integration of refugees in the Nordic Countries
9.30–10.30Who is the immigrant integration champion – Norway, Denmark or Sweden? A comparative study of integration policies and employment outcomesVilde Hernes, Researcher, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan UniversityEnglish
Different selection processes, different outcomes? Comparing labor market integration of asylum refugees, resettled refugees and their reunited family membersJussi Tervola, Research manager, Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFinnish, English
Session 2: How to succeed with integration and immigrant women’s employment?
10.30–11.30Integration – mer än bara språkEmina Arnautovic, Integration specialist, FolkhälsanSwedish
Med 30 år av integrationsarbete i bagaget: lärdomar och nya utmaningarMikaela Björklund, Mayor of Närpiö
11.30–12.30Lunch and visit to the virtual exhibition space
Session 3: Organising employment services for immigrants in a municipal experiment: examples from Oulu, Tampere and Helsinki
12.30–13.30Development work of the City of Oulu for the employment of immigrants and foreign language speakersArto Willman, Welfare manager, City of OuluFinnish
Municipal experiment in employment – Helsinki’s perspectives on the employment of immigrantsJohannes Hirvelä, City of Helsinki, Development manager
Municipal experiment on employment from the point of view of immigrants – Case PirkanmaaHeini Lehtokannas, Project manager of Oske project and Kristina Kemi, Team leader of Migration Info Centre Mainio.
Session 4: Experiences of managing  diversity
13.30–14.30Diversity in working life: What and why?Jonna Louvrier, (D.Sc.(Econ.)), Diversity management educator and consultant, Founder of Includia LeadershipFinnish
The garden industry’s experience of leading diversityJohanna Smith, Garden unit coordinator, Österbottens svenska producentförbund r.f. (Swedish producer association of Ostrobothnia)Swedish
Diversity and inclusion in practiceHeidi Pech, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Futurice OyFinnish
14.30–14.45Break
Session 5: Identification of competence in centres of expertise – best experiences and methods
14.45–15.45Identifying competences in centers of excellence – the best pieces and methodsPanellists: Annukka Jamisto, Espoo Centre of Expertise; Bahar Mozzafari, Vantaa Centre of Expertise, Tanja Välipakka-Toivonen, Helsinki Centre of Expertise, Outi Lahtinen, Tampere Centre of Expertise.Finnish

Towards an inclusive society

TimePresenter-specific titlePresenter(s)Language/subtitles
9.00–9.10Opening of the second day of Integration 2020 eventRenaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
9.10–9.40Keynote: The common denominatorProducer and film maker Max MalkaFinnish
Integration is partnership
9.40–10.00Partnership programmeVarpu Taarna, Senior specialist, and Maria Tiainen, Project manager, Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentFinnish
10.00–10.10Break and opportunity for networking
10.10–11.25Greetings from HelsinkiDeputy Mayors of the city of Helsinki: Pia Pakarinen, Nasima Razmyar, Sanna Vesikansa, Anni Sinnemäki.Finnish, subtitles in Swedish
Inclusion in the northern Finnish wayRegional coordinator Tanja Tammimies, and Hanna Määttä, Immigration manager, Ely Centre of North OstrobothniaFinnish
Participate, comment, influence!Renaz EbrahimiFinnish, Swedish, English
Thematic greetings from SwedenNordic Welfare CenterSwedish
Partnership and the importance of working togetherSonja Hämäläinen, Migration Director, Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentFinnish
11.30–12.30Lunch, visit to the virtual exhibition space, opportunity for networking
Towards an inclusive society
12.30–13.40Summary greetings from the content tracksTBC 
Make Some Noise asks – Minister Haatainen answersMake Some Noise, Minister of Employment Tuula HaatainenFinnish, subtitles in Swedish
Speech by a researcherNafisa Yeasmin, University of LaplandFinnish
13.40–14.10Virtual coffee break with programme: JourneyDancer: Esete Sutinen, choreographer: Sonya Lindfors, Music: Vespers for Violin, Missy Mazzoli, Video: Tuukka Ervasti. Production: UrbanApa. 
14.10–15.10Panel discussionRenaz Ebrahimi. Panellists: Ulkar Aghayeva, Sara Salmani, Kristina Stenman, Abdirahim Hussein.Finnish
15.15–15.45Make Some Noise asks – Minister Ohisalo answersMake Some Noise, Minister of the Interior Maria OhisaloFinnish, subtitles in Swedish
Black Lives MatterPhotographer Nora SayyadFinnish
Summary and conclusion of Integration 2020Renaz Ebrahimi.Finnish, Swedish, English