IIRA in Lappajärvi 18.-19.9.2018

The last IIRA conference is over and here are some notes and memories from Lappajärvi. The conference actually started already in the evening of arrival. The participants were ‘welcomed’ as they were arriving to a refugee centre. Only Finnish and Arabic were spoken to those who didn’t know these languages. Photos were taken, and security … Continue reading IIRA in Lappajärvi 18.-19.9.2018

Thank you, Brilon!

3rd network conference of IIRA took place in Brilon, Germany in March 2018. 80 experts of integration gathered together to develop their local work. We also got to know innovative integration activities in Hochsauerland and heard about experiences of Syrian refugees. Workshops played a big role in this conference. Participants had an opportunity to pool … Continue reading Thank you, Brilon!

Nature as a free source of empowerment – A northern perspective

  96 % of Finns see the nature as an important part of their personality.  For them, hiking in forests, berry picking or swimming in a lake is a natural part of their life’s. When moving from a desert to a northern village, all this may seem strange and even frightening. But why could it … Continue reading Nature as a free source of empowerment – A northern perspective

Volunteering – How to get people involved?

New-comers need contacts to local people to be able to integrate – no one integrates themselves to employment office or social security system. Here volunteers play a huge role. Volunteers are the representatives of the community and the way of life. In Varberg conference, Josefin Heed from Hela Sverige ska Leva -organization gave us something … Continue reading Volunteering – How to get people involved?

Arts in integration

Integration will not happen in class rooms and lectures, although those are needed in the process. We need to DO things and MEET other people to become integrated. But how to express oneself with low language skills? Art can be one solution. In Scheunenatellier Braunshausen, Germany, cold smith classes for refugees are organized. After learning … Continue reading Arts in integration