European Migration Network (EMN)

National Seminar

The integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors


Dear recipient,


Welcome to the annual seminar of the European Migration Network National Contact Point for Finland on the 11th of October 2018.

The registration opens at 08:15 and the seminar ends at 16:15.


The venue is Hotel Presidentti Auditorium located at Eteläinen rautatienkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki


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The title of this year's seminar is The integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors. An EMN study on this issue was completed during the summer of 2018. Most unaccompanied minors arriving Finland are asylum seekers. In 2015, the number of unaccompanied minor asylum seekers was record high. Although, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving has declined since, the challenges faced in the integration and inclusion of minors are still causes for concern. The fact that many minors have been forced to move from one accommodation unit and municipality to another, has been considered to have a negative impact on both the well-being of the minors and on the progress of their integration. To a child, the most crucial factors in integration are the inclusion of the child and the permanence of their conditions. At the seminar, we will be hearing interesting speeches and discussions on the integration and inclusion of unaccompanied minors in Finland and Europe. The opening words of the seminar are given by Ms. Sonja Hämäläinen, Director of Immigration at the Ministry for Employment and Economy, followed by a presentation about alternatives to detention and return by Magnus Ovilius from the European Comission. Ms. Norma Rose from ICF will tell us about the EMN Study Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU plus Norway and Ms. Federica Toscano, Head of Programme at Missing Children Europe will view good practices to improve the protection of children from going missing. In the last talk of the morning, Mr. Tuomas Kurttila, Ombudsman for Children, will focus on challenges and possibilities regarding the integration and inclusion of minors. In the afternoon, Adjunct Professor for Child Psychiatry, Mr. Jari Sinkkonen, will examine the significance of separation experiences for the psychological development of children and adolescents. Mr. Mikko Ylisuvanto, Service Director for integration at SOS-Lapsikylä, will tell us about the organization's experiences regarding integration, care and inclusion of unaccompanied minors. Last, but not least, we will also hear some views on the significance of housing solutions and social support in integration from Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto, an Academy Research Fellow at TRUST.

The seminar will end with a panel discussion moderated by Johanna Väänänen and Jutta Saastamoinen from the Finnish Contact Point. The discussion will focus on how unaccompanied minors can become a part of Finnish society.


Seminar programme (please note that changes are possible)

Seminar programme (pdf)


Seminar languages: Finnish and English (translation is provided Finnish - English - Finnish)


The seminar is open to all interested parties and free of charge.


Refreshments, lunch and afternoon coffee are served at the seminar.

If you have special diets, we kindly ask you to notify us in the registration form.

Registration form


If you have any questions regarding the contents of the arrangements of the seminar, please contact us by e-mail: emn@migri.fi or by telephone, Rafael Bärlund tel: +358 295 433 022