Finland has rapidly undergone internationalisation, especially in key growth sectors. One in ten graduate engineers is already international, and for example in ICT, a fifth of growth has been driven by immigrants since 2010. A low availability of skilled labour slows down this business growth.

– Companies are relocating or expanding their operations to where skilled labour is available. Attracting talent has therefore become a key tool for growth and in business policy. Finland’s ability to attract skilled workers is particularly important at a time when many companies born in the 2010s are in a rapid growth phase. The availability of labour will determine whether these companies choose to grow in Finland, or choose to grow abroad,” says Ted Apter, a specialist in industrial policy.

A sense of security is an important attraction and retention factor for immigrants. A permanent residence permit allows people to take risks in their lives – for example, starting their own business or working for a start-up.

– This pathway for migration would provide a significant advantage for immigrants seeking permanent residence. An immediate permanent residence permit increases the sense of security and allows for long-term planning. The proposal is then a step towards a more open and attractive immigration policy that meets the needs of both Finland and immigrants,” believes Owain Hopeaketo, a project manager in international experts.

Finland needs an immigration policy that sees immigrants as people with their own aspirations, and that understands the important role they play in the economy. Suomen Ekonomit and TEK therefore encourage the government to investigate whether a points-based route to a permanent residence permit could be introduced in Finland.

This proposal for a migration pathway was presented at the Swipe Yes for Finland event on 13th March, in which the participants discussed how to bring growth and prosperity to Finland by learning from Canada’s immigration policy.

Contact details:

Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland, TEK
Owain Hopeaketo, Project Manager, International Experts
Phone: 046 954 7718

Suomen Ekonomit
Ted Apter, Special Advisor, Industrial Policy
Phone: 0400 602 439