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The impact of digitalisation on the integration of refugees and immigrants

07.12.21 | Tapahtuma
Maud Lervik
The Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Nordic Council of Ministers are delighted to invite you to a conference on the impact of digitalisation on the integration of refugees and immigrants.


10:00 - 13:00

For you with an interest in digitalisation, the labour market, or the integration of refugees and immigrants, the conference will give you the opportunity to discover the latest knowledge about a changing labour market. 

At the conference, experts in the labour market, integration, and digitalisation will present examples of challenges and solutions linked to the digital transformation in relation to the integration of refugees and immigrants.

Automation and digitalisation are affecting the need for skills both in the labour market and in day-to-day life. Routine-based low- and middle-skilled tasks are disappearing. Instead, a raft of high-skilled roles are emerging that require good language and communicative skills, as well as the capacity for abstract thinking and problem-solving. Digitalisation can be leveraged positively in the development of integration services, as well as offer new ways of reaching out to people during exceptional times, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet vulnerable groups are at risk of being left behind by such developments. Consequently, the development of integration policy must take increasing digitalisation into account.

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ new vision for 2030 places emphasis on a competitive Nordic Region that is based on knowledge, innovation, mobility, and digital integration, as well as a socially sustainable Nordic Region that is based on inclusion and gender equality with common values and stronger welfare. Everyone must be included in order to achieve this vision, and skills must be developed that are in step with digital development.   



10:00 - 10:05   Welcome


10:05 - 10:10   Opening speech

  • Sonja Hämäläinen, Director for Migration at the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.


10:10 - 10:30   Indicators and latest figures on integration in the Nordic Region:

  • Nordic Council of Ministers: Our Vision 2030 – Baseline. Is the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world?
  • Statistics Norway: Immigration and immigrants in the Nordic Region. A comparative analysis.


10:30 - 11:00   FAFO: Future of Work: Integration and digitalisation.


11:00 - 11:15   Break


11:15 - 11:45   EU perspectives on digital transformation and inclusion

  • Migration Policy Institute: Jasmijn Slootjes, Senior Policy Analyst
  • European Commission: Luca Barani, Policy Officer


11:45 - 12:15   Inspiration and solutions

  • Integrify: Training asylum seekers in programming as a fast track to jobs (TBC)
  • MIICT: ICT-enabled public services for migrants
  • Omnia: Improving digital skills of low-literate adults


12:15 - 13.00   Panel debate: Perspectives from political leaders