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Work and study activities

Reception centres organise many kinds of study and work activities. They are obligatory. If you refuse to attend, your financial support may be reduced.

The work and study activities do not mean a paid job outside the reception centre. If you want to have a paid job, read more about an asylum seeker’s right to work.

Most often, the study activities are studies in the Finnish or Swedish language. The work activities are organised by the reception centre, and the work is done at the reception centre. The work consists of everyday tasks such as maintaining the yard or cleaning.

Before your work and study activities begin, the reception centre will make a personal work and study activity plan with you. You need to sign the plan.

Basic course on the Finnish society

Every asylum seeker must take a basic course on the Finnish society, as a part of his or her work and study activities. The course will give you a basic knowledge on the Finnish society and the ways it operates.

You can download the study materials as a zip file. The materials are available in English, Arabic, Sorani, French, Somali, Russian, Albanian, Dari and Farsi.

You need the following password in order to download the materials.

Password: uudetvokit

Right to basic and pre-primary education

The Finnish law grants the children who live in reception centres the right to participate in basic education. The municipality in which the reception centre is located organises basic education for all children who live in that municipality and who are of compulsory school age. The municipality also organises pre-primary education for children who will reach the compulsory school age in the coming year.

Asylum seekers’ right to study

The Aliens Act does not restrict asylum seekers’ right to study. An asylum seeker may apply for and accept a study place if this is not against the rules and regulations of the educational institution in question.

However, receiving a study place does not automatically mean that the asylum seeker will be allowed to stay in Finland. When we process an asylum application, we examine the asylum seeker’s right to receive international protection. If an asylum seeker wants to stay in Finland on the basis of studies, he or she must submit a separate residence permit application for this purpose and meet the requirements for obtaining such a residence permit.

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