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Thu, 11 Feb, 2016 01:56:57 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Feb 11
Minister of Justice and Employment Jari Lindström spoke at a press conference on Wednesday. Photo Lehtikuva.
Minister of Justice and Employment Jari Lindström on Wednesday said asylum seekers who have received resident permits need placements in more municipalities.
The country granted about 10,000 residence permits to asylum seekers last year but, so far, only about a fifth of them have found placements in municipalities, he told a press conference held at the ministry.
The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) are exploring the municipalities’ situation. 
The municipalities have expressed concern about the sufficiency of state funding for integration of the immigrants.
The Ministry of Employment and Economy wants to pave the way for asylum seekers with residence permits to receive employment integration. 
The ministry plans to combine language training with more flexible vocational training and job placement. It will also support immigrants’ entrepreneurship.
“Integration and employment go hand in hand,” said Lindström.
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