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.
InfoFinland.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.
The website provides information about
As an immigrant, you can receive family and social services from the City of Turku like all other Turku residents. The initial social services provide guidance when you need information about social services in general. The initial social services can also help you with applying for supplementary and preventive social assistance (financial aid).
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.
Immigrants have the right to use municipal health care services. You can use the City of Turku’s services if you are residing in Turku.
You can use the following health care services of the City of Turku:
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.
Photo: ACT/Gregor Hohenberg
Photo: Ivo Varbanov, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Turku is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Finland.
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