Three immigrant women cooking together with a Red Cross volunteer.

Help with integration

Photo: Teija Soini

The state and the municipalities are responsible for the integration of immigrants. The Finnish Red Cross supports the authorities in cooperation with various networks, organisations and companies. The Red Cross arranges leisure activities and provides volunteer friends to support people who have moved to Finland.

Settling in to a new culture requires people to adapt to new things. Initially, it is important to have contacts with local people and get to know the new location and the Finnish culture.

You are welcome to join the Red Cross activities supporting integration!

Friends and leisure activities

The Finnish Red Cross friend activities include multicultural friend activities. You can get a friend by contacting your nearest Red Cross friend service. You can ask for a long-term friendship or one-off help.

A volunteer friend can be an irreplaceable support in adapting to a new country and culture. You and your friend can do everyday things together, like cook dinner, go for a walk or get to know your immediate surroundings.

The forms and extent of friend activities vary by location.
Contact the friend service

Groups can practice their Finnish or Swedish skills in our language-learning clubs. The club supports the courses offered by the authorities.

Ask for further information about language-learning clubs where you live from the Finnish Red Cross district office or local branch.

In our homework clubs or our Homework Help services, Red Cross volunteers help primary and secondary school students with their homework when the tasks seem difficult and parents are unable to help. The objective is to support and motivate children and young people with their schooling.

Ask for further information about homework clubs where you live from the Finnish Red Cross district office or local branch.

The international club is a meeting place for people with different backgrounds that welcomes everyone. The activities bring people together across cultural barriers and enable interaction and learning from one another.

Ask for further information about activities where you live from the Finnish Red Cross district office or local branch.

Our volunteers can help you settle into your new home and get to know the services and people where you live.

Ask for further information about activities where you live from the Finnish Red Cross district office or local branch

At our multicultural camps, you can experience Finnish nature, get to know new people and improve your language skills.

Ask for further information about activities where you live from the Finnish Red Cross district office or local branch.

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