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Finnish Immigration Service carries out reforms to achieve Government Programme goals – launches cooperation negotiations

Publication date 9.11.2023 9.41

The Finnish Immigration Service is undergoing a reorganisation in order to improve its ability to meet the goals set in the Government Programme. The changes resulting from this reorganisation will be handled in the agency’s cooperation negotiations that will start on 9 November 2023.

“In my view, the reform is important for the entire organisation. In order to meet the goals set in the Government Programme, we need to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop greater competence in process management. Additionally, we need to be able to respond to changes in the security environment in all circumstances,” says Director General Ilkka Haahtela.

The cooperation negotiations concern the majority of the staff, approximately 900 public officials in total. The negotiations do not aim to reduce staff.

“The reorganisation focuses on our staff and their possibilities to succeed in their work. Our structures and responsibilities must support us in achieving our goals. That is why our staff has been actively involved in the process, and the dialogue with them will continue during the cooperation negotiations,” says Haahtela.

The Finnish Immigration Service has not conducted cooperation negotiations of this scale before to examine the agency’s structures with regard to its staff, strategy and common goals. Another aim is to enhance the quality of working life and the efficiency and economy of the central government. 

Facts: Organisation of the Finnish Immigration Service

  • The Finnish Immigration Service makes permit decisions in matters related to immigration, asylum, refugee status and citizenship and runs the reception system of Finland. 
  • The agency operates under the supervision of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
  • The agency’s vision is to advance a well-functioning society and enhance Finland’s competitiveness by providing customer-focused services of high quality and to run Europe’s most efficient residence permit process. 
  • The Finnish Immigration Service has approximately 1,300 employees.
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