Finland’s Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo says he thinks every one of the asylum seekers in the country should receive their own sponsor, a person who would help them adjust to daily life here.


Petteri Orpo


In an interview on the MTV3 news programme Uutisextra, the Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo said he has requested his department to examine an initiative to give every asylum seeker a personal sponsor.


Orpo said that sponsors would assist asylum seekers with daily activities like going to the shop or for a cup of coffee at a café.


Another benefit to asylum seekers having a sponsor would be the opportunity to learn Finnish and to get familiar with the local culture and ways of life, Orpo said during the interview.


The most important thing is for asylum seekers to get into the workforce as quickly as possible, because integration occurs most easily through employment, he said.