[kehitysmaaliike-l] Fw: Invitation: Final Seminar on 12 October on Cultural Orientation Programme for Finland-bound refugees

Mohsen Zakeri mohsen.zakeri at pakolaisapu.fi
Pe Syys 7 13:25:35 EEST 2007

Invitation to the Final Seminar of IOM's 

Comprehensive Cultural Orientation Programme for Finland-bound refugees



Funded by the Finnish Ministry of Labour and implemented in close cooperation with resettlement municipalities, IOM's three-year Cultural Orientation (CO) Programme provides training to Finland-bound quota refugees. The current phase of the Programme will be completed shortly and its outcomes presented at the Project's Final Seminar. 


I am happy to invite you to participate in this event on 12 October 2007 in Helsinki at Kansainvälinen kulttuurikeskus Caisa, Mikonkatu 17 C. Please find below the programme of the event.


CO activities have been conducted both in Finland and abroad by IOM's team of multi-cultural trainers with pre-arrival training sessions carried out in Cambodia, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Rwanda, Thailand and Turkey and post-arrival sessions offered in Finland in close cooperation with resettlement municipalities. 


CO provides accurate information on living conditions, practicalities and day-to-day life in Finland in order to minimize cultural shock upon arrival, facilitate the integration of refugees into Finnish society and help them to become self-sustainable. The training curriculum features factual information on Finnish history, politics, religion, education, housing, health care, values and equality, etc. and provides a realistic picture of what refugees can expect to encounter in Finland. A more detailed programme description can be found on IOM Helsinki's website http://iom.fi/content/view/44/8.


The conference offers a forum for beneficiaries and partners to evaluate the programme, discuss the resource tools developed and share ideas and best practices for sustaining and enhancing the expertise and experience build up over the years.


IOM Helsinki will offer lunch and coffee; participants will be required to cover travel and accommodation costs on their own. 


I wish you a warm welcome to the CO conference in Helsinki !



Dr. Thomas Lothar Weiss

Regional Representative



Registration Information


The seminar will take place at Kansainvälinen kulttuurikeskus Caisa (International Cultural Centre Caisa), Mikonkatu 17 C, 2nd floor, 00100 Helsinki.


Please confirm you participation by 5 October to Mr. Raqib Wahabzada, IOM Helsinki

E-mail: rwahabzada at iom.int

Phone: +358 (0)9-684 11 527

Fax: +358 (0)9-684 11 51




Final Seminar of Comprehensive Cultural Orientation for 

   Finland-bound Refugees Programme

                                                            Friday 12 October 2007


8.45                Coffee and registration


9.15                Opening of the Seminar and Welcoming Address        


                       Dr. Thomas Lothar Weiss, Regional Representative, IOM Helsinki


Ms. Ritva Viljanen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior in Finland 


Ms. Mervi Virtanen, Director, Policy Department, Migration Affairs, Ministry of Labour in Finland 


9.45                FINCO Cultural Orientation Programme in Action: Perspectives of the Beneficiaries


           Beneficiaries from different countries and regions and the IOM Helsinki CO team:

                       Ms. Anne Holopainen, Mr. Raqib Wahabzada, Mr. Saed Guled 


10.20              Perspectives of the Ministry: Evaluating the CO Activities

                       Ms. Leni Salmelin, Senior Expert, Ministry of Labour in Finland  


10.40              Coffee 


11.00              Perspectives of the Resettlement Municipality: Role of CO in the Integration Process 

                       of the Refugees

                       Ms. Kati Turtiainen, Social Worker, Social Office in Jyväskylä, Finland 


11.20              Global perspective: Sharing Experiences of IOM Cultural Orientation Programmes 

           Ms. Louise Belanger, Coordinator for Canadian Orientation Abroad, IOM Manila


11.40               Discussion


12.00               Lunch


13.15               Introduction to the afternoon and a Video      

                        Mr. Saed Guled, Cultural Orientation Trainer, IOM Helsinki


13.30                 How Can Cultural Orientation Facilitate Integration of Refugees into the  


                       Dr. Natale Losi, Head, Psychosocial and Cultural Integration Unit, IOM Rome


13.50              How to mitigate cultural shock with Cultural Orientation programmes?

                       Ms. Ella Lazareva, Director, Multicultural Psychosocial Pedagogical Centre in Finland


14.05              Experiences from Cultural Orientation Programme in Norway            

                       Ms. Tiina Miskala, Project Development Officer, IOM Oslo 


14.20              Group discussions 

                       Workgroup 1): How to build on the CO experiences gained in the programme?

                       Workgroup 2): How to build on the partnerships established in the programme?

                       Workgroup 3): How to include refugee communities' experience fully in CO?


15.30               Wrap-up from Groups and Conclusions

                        Ms. Anne Holopainen, Cultural Orientation Project Coordinator, IOM Helsinki


16.00               Cultural Programme



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