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Vaasa needs immigrants

45% of industrial companies in Vaasa report that labour shortages are the biggest limiting factor to their business, according to a survey by the Chamber of Commerce in Finland. New industrial investments are coming to the Vaasa region and that is great news,  since one industrial job will produce two or three other jobs in the region. Where to find people for the open positions, though? There are just as many babies born as families want, and that is too little from a demographics point of view. We need more people to come to Vaasa from abroad. Vaasa is an attractive city, 60% of the region’s foreign students would like to work in Vaasa or Finland. Stakeholders in the region are doing their best to facilitate integration and employment, even though the state bureaucracy is often an obstacle. Juha Häkkinen, CEO of the Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce, stated at a

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Avaimet suomalaiseen työelämään

Auroras on valtakunnallinen verkosto, joka järjestää Suomeen muuttaneille koulutetuille naisille yksilö- ja ryhmämentorointia eri puolilla Suomea. Toiminnan tarkoituksena on tukea työelämään siirtymistä sekä kotona lasten kanssa olevien äitien kotoutumista suomalaiseen yhteiskuntaan. Auroras-verkostossa naiset oppivat suomalaisesta työelämästä, verkostoituvat ja kehittävät erityisesti työelämässä tarvittavaa suomen ja/tai ruotsin kielen taitoaan. Liike-elämän juristina 25 vuotta toiminut vaasalainen Johanna Kauppinen on yksi Auroras-hankkeen mentoreista. Johanna fasilitoi Auroran päivänä järjestettyä virtuaalitapahtumaa, jossa väitöstutkija Annukka Svanda, ammatillinen valmentaja Bouchra Amchou-Burton ja FT Veronica Kalhori keskustelivat maahan muuttaneiden naisten työllistymisestä ja sen haasteista. Teema on Kauppisen sydäntä lähellä myös Vaasan kunnallisvaaliehdokkaana: ”Vaasalaiset yritykset ovat verkottuneita globaalisti, ja kilpailemme osaavasta työvoimasta niin Suomessa kuin muualla maailmassa. Ulkomailta Suomeen saapuvien integroituminen suomalaiseen työelämään täytyy tehdä helpommaksi, jotta saamme osaavia ihmisiä tulevaisuuden Vaasalle”, Kauppinen sanoo.   Verkostot merkittävässä roolissa Verkostoituminen on kaikessa työnhaussa tärkeää. Erityisesti se korostuu maahanmuuttajien keskuudessa, olipa kyseessä sitten korkeasti koulutettu tai matalamman koulutustason omaava työnhakija. ”Pelkkä verkosto

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Coffee with Johanna – FB live 4 January 2021

Second Coffee with Johanna FB Live event. Recorded on Monday 4 January 2021 and contents are mainly in English and Finnish. Including: * who is Johanna * why should foreigners vote in municipal elections in Finland * is RKP-SFP a good party for an immigrant voter * cooperation with other parties * biggest challenges for Vaasa? * linguistic diversity in education in Vaasa length 22 min.

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Vaasa Municipal Council – campaign start (English)

This is a recording of the opening of my election campaign on Monday 16 November 2020. I explain why I am running as a candidate, what is important for me and why I chose RKP/SFP as my party. Lukumanu Iddrisu presents the results of his study what perceptions the Vaasa region immigrants have about municipal elections (at 20:30). Towards the end, I answer three questions 1) What kind of immigrant group’s interests do I want to promote (answer: everyone’s) 2) Who has the right to vote in municipal elections and 3) What are the values ​​of RKP/SFP. Reidar Wasenius interviews. Length 44 minutes. Language is English. Let’s be in touch!

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Vaasa trains top experts for the German, US and British labour markets

Finland has one of the best education systems in the world and Finnish companies are short of talented workers. Vaasa’s goal is to be the happiest city in the world with a thriving and diverse student city culture. The rector of the University of Vaasa, Jari Kuusisto, has set a goal, that half of the students will in future, come from outside Finland. According to a survey conducted by the Ostrobothnian Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in 2019, about 60% of foreign students see Finland as a possible country of employment after their studies. This should be great – foreign students, refugees or those who might have moved to Finland for love come to Vaasa. They thrive and would like to stay in Vaasa. If they do stay, the future labour shortages would be resolved. Unfortunately, this does not work. Foreign residents living in Vaasa say that

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Vaasa Municipal Council – campaign start

The first blog is not a blog, but rather a recording from campaign kick-off event of Monday 2 November 2020. I explain why I am running as a candidate, what is important for me and why I chose RKP/SFP as my party. Reidar Wasenius interviews. Lenght 17 minutes. Language is mainly Finnish. Let’s be on touch!

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