SIETAR Kansai January 2018 monthly meeting: The Finnish immigrant integration system: Support for immigrants and refugees with peer support

Speaker:​Yuko Kametani, Project Manager, Finnish Refugee Council

Date:​​Sunday, January 28, 2018

Time:​​*15:00-18:00 (*Note: change from the usual time)

Venue:​Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 3rd floor (Room 3).

(one minute from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel. 0726-85-3721高槻市立総合市民交流センター/@34.852047,135.6169948,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x600102b7d17be1f7:0x46cb9c0e511c312d!8m2!3d34.852047!4d135.6191835

Fee:​Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language:​Japanese (Q & A in Japanese and English)

Social event: We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant. Reservations

​are required by Wed., January 24.  Contact



About the presentation: The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) has recorded 17.2 million refugees, and this number is increasing everyday. Although many countries are closing their doors to these people in need, Finland stands out as a country that has tried to accept more refugees than last year. The Finnish integration system respects immigrant’s identity as well as it helps them understand Finnish culture and customs. Peer support is one of the best ways because the immigrants themselves are the best experts on supporting newcomers in managing their everyday life. This lecture will discussthe importance of intercultural communication in immigration support.


About the speaker: Yuko Kametani has studied social welfare in Japan, Finland and Sweden. Ms. Kametani was engaged in Finnish NGOs and municipalities to help local residents understand different cultures and the meaning of immigration. She supported the integration process of refugees and immigrants in Finland from 2006 to 2017.