Minding the Gaps: The Role of Finnish Civil Society Organizations in the Labour Market Integration of Migrants.

Finnish Civil Society Organizations

Ilona Bontenbal Nathan Lillie

International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-021-00334-w

 

We are pleased to inform you about the publication of the article entitled “Minding the Gaps: The Role of Finnish Civil Society Organizations in the Labour Market Integration of Migrants”.

The growing role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in welfare service provision is sometimes portrayed as a threat to welfare state universalism in Nordic societies. In Finland, CSOs co-produce integration services alongside comprehensive official integration programmes, compensating for gaps and shortcomings in those services. We identify three “gaps”, which are (1) limited availability of services in terms of time and target group, (2) lack of direct labour market contacts and (3) limited flexibility to serve individual needs. We assess how CSOs target these gaps with their service offerings through qualitative interviews with policy implementers, CSO workers and migrants. However, CSOs’ role in labour market integration is inherently limited by their services being small scale, short term and project based. We find that due to their independence and limited role, CSOs operate synergistically with official services, extending rather than undermining universalism.

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