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Finland

In the end of 2006 the Finnish Government adopted the new Migration Policy Programme. The document's purpose is to define migration policy values, with the aim of respecting human and fundamental rights, to reinforce a culture of good governance and to combat migration-related threats. The programme also seeks to form for the first time a comprehensive framework for migration policy planning and implementation, especially with regards to labour immigration into Finland from outside the EU and the EEA. Moreover, the programme aims to promote the development of a multi-value, multicultural and non-discriminating society and thus foster Finland's internationalisation process, improve international competitiveness and serve as a means of responding to the challenges posed by an ageing workforce and population as a whole. [Read more...]

12 June 2007: More teachers needed in education for immigrants, www.oph.fi

A committee set up by the Finnish Ministry of Education estimates that up to 650 additional teachers will be needed by 2012 to respond to increasing immigration. The report recommends that this need be reflected in the recruitment of immigrant students into teacher training, but also in the development of clearer and more flexible procedures for recognising teaching qualifications obtained abroad. At the moment, for example, there are no qualification standards for the teaching of an immigrant's native tongue. It is also essential that additional resources be allocated to increase the number of in-service training courses aimed at immigrants who already have teacher training and are in need of upgrading their skills.

Germany

Aktion Europa - Das Portal für europapolitische Kommunikation in Deutschland is a website and cooperation project of Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung Deutschland, Europa-Union Deutschland and Jungen Europäischen Föderalisten supported by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Foreign Ministery). Wide range of information. provides overview on EU-related seminars and activities across all Federal states in Germany.

Ireland

A recent article in the Irish Times:
http://www.ireland.com/focus/gageby/articles/210307_article.html

Norway

In Norway, the Norwegian Directory of Education recently published a “strategy-plan” for equal training (Equal Training in practice” 2007-2009). Through this, the government makes demands for the school- owners to promote the pupils’ rights for equal training, and to consider ethnic and national diversity among the staff as a resource in this work. To employ and educate teachers with minority background and give offers for further training for teachers are some of the suggestions.

The Norwegian Directory of Integration and Diversity (IMDI), has given higher priority to issues related to ethnic minority women and employment, their competence and possibilities on the labour market (IMIDI report 3-2007) .As much as 60 % of the jobs in Norway are passed on within and through networks ethnic minorities do not have access to. Employees` and employers` organizations have now agreed to cooperate and build networks and work on how to follow up with more actions on this issue.

Sweden

1. Salaries for migrant labor in Sweden - should salaries be on a par with home country (usually lower than in Sweden) or with migration country (Sweden - usually higher than home country).

2. Best type of language teaching for immigrants. Despite many years of educational experience, the discussion still continues. One of the issues is class room teaching vs. work place instruction.

3. Where should newly arrived immigrants live? Should they be allowed to choose freely, which means they will live in immigrant areas in Swedish cities? Or should they be placed where there is surplus of housing and regional authorities who are willing to finance Swedish language instruction?

4. The Swedish government department of integration (Integrationsverket) will be discontinued this summer (2007) and the Provincial authorities (Lnsstyrelser) will assume responsibility for finding places in the local Swedish regional units (communes) for refugees.

UK
New EU Migration Figures for 2006

Since the EU has been expanded government figures have shown that 579,000 people have registered to work in Britain since April 2004. This includes 212,000 who registered as initial applicants in 2005 and 232,000 who registered in 2006. However, the figures do not show those migrants who have returned home.

The numbers coming from Poland have increased to make up 74% of all new migrant workers, while those coming from the Czech Republic and the Baltic states such as Latvia and Estonia have fallen by 25% in the past year.

It is thought that unemployment in Poland and the strong pound accounted for this increase.

Government to cut Language Training

The Learning and Skills Council announced changes to the current English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) system which provides free courses to asylum seekers, employed refugees and migrants.

Under the new plans, to be launched in August, the teaching will only be available to refugees and migrants receiving income support.

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