Living in Finland


Pakolaisena Suomeen

Moving to Finland as a quota refugee

This page provides information for quota refugees. You can find information on applying for asylum on the InfoFinland page Coming to Finland as an asylum seeker.

Quota refugees

You cannot apply to become a quota refugee (kiintiöpakolainen) through Finnish officials. Nor is it possible to suggest another person, such as a friend or a relative, as a quota refugee. As quota refugees, Finland accepts persons who are considered refugees by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. Quota refugees are selected from among the persons proposed to Finland by the UNHCR. The Finnish authorities interview the refugees proposed by the UNHCR and, on the basis of these interviews, select the persons who will be admitted to Finland. Such interviews are performed in the refugees’ countries of residence, usually in refugee camps or the UNHCR’s premises.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Information on the selection of quota refugeesFinnish | Swedish | English

Moving to Finland

The website provides a range of information for quota refugees on moving to and living in Finland.
Information for refugeesFinnish | English | French | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish

Support for refugees

The Finnish Red Cross helps quota refugees who move to Finland. When refugees arrive in Finland, a Red Cross worker will meet them at the airport. Red Cross volunteer workers also help refugees in settling down and integrating into Finnish society.

Refugees can find help and guidance on legal issues from sources of information such as the Refugee Advice Centre (Pakolaisneuvonta ry) or Legal Aid Offices (oikeusaputoimisto).

The Finnish Refugee Council (Suomen Pakolaisapu ry) is an organisation that strives to promote refugees’ basic rights. This organisation performs communications, educational and social work in Finland. The Refugee Council helps refugees and immigrants with issues such as integration, housing and founding their own organisations.

linkkiRefugee Advice Centre:
Legal aid for refugeesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Refugee Council:
Support for refugeesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Red Cross:
Support for refugeesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelsinki Deaconess Institute:
The Centre for Torture Survivors in FinlandFinnish | English

Coming to Finland as a refugee

You can find more information for refugees on the InfoFinland page Refugee.