• Jonathan Shiek

‘World’s Happiest Country’ Finland Is Looking For More Migrants From Asia

Finland has consistently been named as the world’s happiest country since 2018, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in such a happy country? Well for starters, that country is currently facing an acute workforce shortage, which is why they’re now welcoming migrants into their country.

With an aging population and weak population growth, Finland is struggling with a shortage of labour force to “help cover the cost of the greying generation”. In fact, the government has warned that Finland will need to double its immigration numbers to 20,000-30,000 a year if it wants to maintain public services and avoid looming pensions deficit.

Credits: The World Economic Forum

As a result, the Finnish government has been introducing the “Talent Boost” programme to attract more employees internationally. In particular, they’re targeting health workers from Spain, metalworkers from Slovakia, as well as IT and maritime experts from Russia, India, and Southeast Asia.

But despite Finland’s efforts to recruit migrants, some of its foreign employees still chose to quit their job after a few months, citing the country’s high prices, cold weather and complex language barrier as the reason for their resignation.

Although it sounds ideal to work in a country with a high quality of life, low crime and pollution rate, the reality is, like every other country, anti-immigrant sentiment is an underlying problem in Finland too.

Credits: Barents Observer

Many foreigners have also complained about Finland’s reluctance to recognise overseas qualifications as well as their prejudice against non-Finnish applicants. I guess this just goes to show that even the world’s happiest country is no stranger to xenophobia.

What do you think? Would you still be willing to work in the world’s happiest country?


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