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Maahanmuuttajana Raahe-Kalajoki seudulla

Living as an immigrant in the Raahe-Kalajoki Region

Information and integration services for immigrants

Raahe, Pyhäjoki, Siikajoki

Various authorities provide integration services to immigrants. When you move to Finland, you can contact the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) to ask for services that will support your integration and employment. The TE Office will help you find a job, offering a large selection of services to support your jobseeking. Early phase integration services specifically intended for immigrants include:

  • guidance and advice for immigrants
  • an initial assessment
  • an integration plan
  • integration training.

You will find the contact information for TE Services on the TE Services website.

You can also contact the information desk at the social welfare centre of the Joint Municipal Authority of Wellbeing in Raahe District (Raahen seudun hyvinvointikuntayhtymä), 8 am–11 am on weekdays. The information desk provides information on matters related to living in Finland, such as a residence permit or social security. You can make an appointment for personal counselling at the information desk. In non-urgent matters, you can also send a message via the NettiRassi online service. The NettiRassi service is available in Finnish.

Joint Municipal Authority of Wellbeing in Raahe District (Raahen seudun hyvinvointikuntayhtymä)
Social Welfare Centre (Sosiaalipalvelukeskus)
8 am–11 am on weekdays, tel. 040 135 8021
Address: Rantakatu 8 E, 3rd floor, 92100 Raahe

Kalajoki and Merijärvi

You can find further details on information and integration services for immigrants in Kalajoki and Merijärvi on the InfoFinland page Living as an immigrant in Kalajoki and Merijärvi.

Read more: Integration into Finland.

linkkiTE Services:
Public services provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office)Finnish | Swedish | English

linkkiOmbudsman for Minorities:
Help and information for persons experiencing ethnic discriminationFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Spanish | Turkish

linkkiMinistry of Employment and the Economy:
Welcome to Finland brochure(pdf, 10Mb)Finnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Spanish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Thai

linkkiJoint Municipal Authority of Wellbeing in Raahe District (Raahen seudun hyvinvointikuntayhtymä):
NettiRassi online service for the region of Raahe, Pyhäjoki and SiikajokiFinnish

Initial assessment and integration plan

Raahe, Pyhäjoki, Siikajoki

The social welfare office performs an initial assessment (alkukartoitus) and prepares an integration plan (kotoutumissuunnitelma) for immigrants. You can ask for additional information on these from the social welfare offices of Raahe, Pyhäjoki and Siikajoki.

Social welfare office's contact information:
Rantakatu 8 E, 3rd floor, 92100 Raahe
Tel. 040 135 8021, 8 am–11 am on weekdays

Kalajoki and Merijärvi

You can find further information on the initial assessment and integration plan in Kalajoki and Merijärvi on the InfoFinland page Living as an immigrant in Kalajoki and Merijärvi.

Read more: Integration into Finland.

linkkiJoint Municipal Authority of Wellbeing in Raahe District (Raahen seudun hyvinvointikuntayhtymä):
Immigrant services of the region of Raahe, Pyhäjoki and SiikajokiFinnish

Do you need an interpreter?

If you do not speak Finnish, you can use interpreting services when dealing with Finnish authorities. If you have informed the authority in advance that you need an interpreter, the authority will book you one. In these cases, you do not have to pay for the interpreting service.

If you book and pay for an interpreter yourself, you can use an interpreter whenever you want.

Many companies also provide interpretation services. You can search for such companies with an Internet search engine, for example. The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters website hosts a search engine through which you can search for an interpreter or a translator.

The services of the Northern Finland Interpreting Service in Oulu are primarily intended for authorities that work with immigrants.

Read more: Do you need an interpreter?