Cross-border cooperation on mentoring and peer support for immigrants

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The overall aim of the ‘Cross-border cooperation on mentoring and peer support for immigrants’ project is to support unemployed less successfully integrated permanent residents of Estonia and people from Estonia who are living in Finland, as well as Estonian and Finnish organisations that are ready to hire people from different national backgrounds.

A survey will be conducted as part of the project which will map what people from Estonia who are living and/or working in Finland (primarily in and around Helsinki) need in order to better integrate into Finnish society. Based on the results of the survey a mentorship and a peer support group service will be offered to people from Estonia.

During the project a mentorship programme promoting the integration and employment of less successfully integrated permanent residents will be developed for Estonia on the basis of the Finnish programme FIKA.

Diversity-based activities will also be carried out for organisations in Estonia and Finland. With the help of these activities, the organisers aim to raise awareness of multicultural working environments, thereby leading to an increase in the willingness of organisations to recruit people of different nationalities.

Project activities

Estonia

  • Conducting a survey of people from Estonia living and/or working in Finland and analysing the results of similar surveys previously conducted in Estonia
  • Adapting, piloting and assessing a mentorship programme for less successfully integrated permanent residents who are unemployed
  • Launching diversity-based activities within work collectives

Finland

  • Offering a peer support service to people from Estonia living and/or working in Finland
  • Carrying out and assessing a mentorship programme for people from Estonia
  • Launching diversity-based activities within work collectives

Project results

  • Two mentorship programmes for less successfully integrated permanent residents who are unemployed have been carried out in Estonia. Peer support groups and a mentorship programme primarily for people from Estonia living in Finland have been set up and carried out in Finland. These activities have fostered the ability of the participants to cope on the labour market.
  • There is greater awareness of diversity in the workplace and organisations are more willing to hire people from different national backgrounds.

Amount of support: €140,457.85
Own contribution of MISA: €14,602.31

Own contribution of Luckan Integration: €19,237.15
Total value of project: €174,297.31

Term of project: 1 April 2016-31 March 2018

Implementation of the project is being financed by the INTERREG Central Baltic Sea Programme 2014-2020 of the European Regional Development Fund. The project’s partners are the ‘Our People’ Integration and Migration Foundation and Luckan Integration.

 

For further information please contact:

Lois Armas
Project Coordinator
Telephone: +358 50 302 23 46
E-mail: lois.armas@luckan.fi

 

Daniela Silén
Head of Luckan Integration
Telephone: +358 40 541 99 32
E-mail: daniela.silen@luckan.fi