Examples of integration in Finland

Let's compare two examples to those who are new in Finland and follow different paths in their life as immigrants, where one continues to work while the other pursues the path of integration and education. Specifically let's name X - the person who started working and Y - the person who followed the integration path.

Person X

If a newcomer to Finland starts to work, of course it is a positive thing, but on the other hand, the impacts can be seen in a few years. Taking into account several factors such as language, new environment and professional qualifications, the salary of newly employed X person can be brought to a low level, as example 10 € / h.

The person in question with the initial salary will end up with a minimum standard wage and thus in many cases to reach the proper level of expenses and other family needs, it is obliged from 8 hours to work additional hours 10 hours a day and also from standards 5 days a week sometimes he is forced to work 6 days to earn a sufficient salary.

Continuing work in this way to X person in a several years can only increase the salary for few euros, as an example after 10 years he can earn something around 12-14 € / h but this will not be enough to cover the average cost of living, saving and thus the opportunity to continue working with additional time will remain an open option.

What other impacts will this have?

  • Long-term engagement at work, of course, the person is more tired
  • When you are more tired and long working hours, then you need more time to rest
  • Loss of time certainly affects the family because it is not enough to be close enough to the family
  • When you are not close to the family, it is certainly more difficult for children to give elements of education, own culture and traditions, so here are the basics of assimilation
  • These actions would also affect the lack of support of others because opportunities will be limited and difficulties will rise

Person Y

We go to Y person who has begun to follow the path of integration and education. If we compare, the income of a student or someone attending vocational education, are smaller and in this case let's he gets 7 € / h, so the average income significantly affects compared to the X person.

Y person will continue the path of integration and education and after some years the income is still much smaller, but on the other hand he has gained a profession that sees a better future in terms of work and if he is employed in an enterprise certainly not at first will benefit so much but at least will reach the X person's salary as example after 3-5 years engagement in integration and education issues, the Y person's income matches the income of Person X at 10 € / h.

If a Y person starts working or continues to go further to school, whatever he is doing, he will start to have better incomes and is easier to cover the expesnes with an average salary, therefore the need to work extra time is lower.

What other impacts will this have?

  • Shorter time commitment, of course, you are less tired
  • When you gain more time and you are less tired, you have more will to do other things
  • Gaining time certainly affects the family because it is enough to be close to the family
  • When you are close to the family, of course, the opportunities to give children elements of education, culture and traditions are much greater.
  • These actions would also impact the support of others because opportunities are open in all aspects, both financial, time and family

The examples above were just an illustration or an opinion from my many years of experience with integration issues and things show that the more we integrate, the easier we will have the life we are living and the less assimilated we will be therefore advising you that integration should be of special importance.

Faton Krasniqi