KOTO Activity by the Immigrant Office organises group activities that introduce immigrants to the Finnish language and society, and promote social integration.
The activities are managed in cooperation with different officials and volunteering organisations and individuals.
The Multicultural Council observes matters from an immigrant’s point of view, makes statements about matters related to immigrants and introduces initiatives in close co-operation with other influence groups in Turku.
The other influence groups in Turku are the Children’s Parliament, the Youth Council, the Disability Council, and the Council of Senior Citizens.
The Multicultural Council also promotes co-operation and dialogue between immigrant associations, and encourages immigrants to participate and influence the social decision-making.
Throughout its history Turku has been Finland’s gateway to the world. International influences and innovations have come through us and spread to the entire country.
Now the flow of refugees that concerns the whole of Europe also reaches Turku, and cities play a key role in the social integration of immigrants.
It is most important for both Turku as well as the entire Finland that those who will stay permanently in our country can start enjoying normal life – study, work, and social participation – as soon as possible.
Infopankki.fi is a multilingual online information service that offers users a comprehensive information package about Finland. The service is intended for all immigrants and those planning to move to Finland who do not know Finnish.
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Immigrants receive their social services from their local social offices, just like other municipal residents, with the exception of the customers of the Immigrant Office. Customers of the Immigrant Office include the following groups of persons who have moved to Turku from abroad, from reception centres, or from other municipalities:
The Immigrant Office provides health services for a period of up to three years to refugees and asylum seekers who have received a positive residence permit decision. Returnees from Ingria and the migrant spouses of refugees receive information on health care services and a medical check-up by a public health nurse. After this, health care services are provided by local health stations.
The Immigrant Office employs a doctor, four public health nurses, a practical nurse and a psychologist. A public health nurse will invite you for your first visit.
As an immigrant you have a right to use the services of municipal health care. If your legal place of residence is Turku, you may use the services of the Turku Welfare Division.
The Welfare Division of the City of Turku organises the municipal basic health care services in Turku and refers to special health care services at need. The services of the Turku Welfare Division are available at health stations, emergency services, child welfare clinics, schools and dental clinics.
Immigrants are welcome to use all services organized by the Sports Services Centre. All Turku residents can also participate in multicultural activities. Gym, swimming and ball sports are offered seperately to men and women.
Participation at half price for immigrants who have lived in Turku for less than three years (i.e. are covered by the Act on the Integration of Immigrants), or are participating in KOTO activities.
Turku is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Finland.
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