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Integration allowance is proposed for unemployed immigrants with a residence permit

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
29.9.2016 13.33 | Published in English on 4.10.2016 at 13.39
Press release 153/2016

The Government proposes that unemployed job seekers with a Finnish residence permit are paid integration allowance instead of labour market support. Integration allowance would be 90 per cent of the amount of basic unemployment allowance, and it would be paid for a maximum of three years.

The proposal is included in the 2017 budget proposal and will be discussed alongside it. The Government submitted a proposal on this matter to Parliament on Thursday, 29 September 2016. The Act is meant to enter into force on 1 January 2017.

The proposal aims to guarantee the basic income of unemployed immigrants in a financially sustainable way. The amendments to the Unemployment Security Act and the Act on the Promotion of Immigrant Integration would be in force until 31 December 2020.

Inquiries:

Katriina Alaviuhkola, Ministerial Counsellor, Legal Affairs, tel. +358 295 163167, [email protected]

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