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Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Finland Needs 100,000 Foreign Workers"

According to the Finnish daily newspaper Kaleva, over the next 20 years, Finland will need a minimum of 100,000 immigrants in order to fill a labour shortage.

Rauno Vanhanen, director of the government's employment, entrepreneurship and work life policy programme (Ministry of Employment and Economy), said to the Oulu’s newspaper that another 300,000 unemployed people in Finland should be encouraged to work.

He also calls for Finns to stay at work longer into their later years, adding that productivity should moreover be improved.

Rauno Vanhanen has calculated that without foreign reinforcement, Finland's working age population will decrease by 420,000 people between 2007 and 2030.

Newspaper: Finland Needs 100,000 Foreign Workers
300 000 työntekijää saa paikan

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