In Finland, of the more than 6,000 people without a home 1,878 are immigrants. The Nihtisilta reception centre in Espoo offers workshops on how to apply for housing, as some newcomers have never had to fill out an application for an apartment before.
Finding a reasonably priced rental apartment in the capital region is difficult for anyone, especially new immigrants.
According to 2015 statistics, more than 6,000 people who live on their own had no home. Of that figure, 1,878 were immigrants.
At the Nihtisilta reception centre in Espoo, workshops teach participants how to find and apply for a rental apartment.
With their residence permits, new immigrants are free to move wherever they want in Finland. The common desire is to find a home near work, school and friends.
Sinan Adnan, who is originally from Iraq, says that before the workshop he was unsuccessful in finding a place to live. “I tried everything, but didn’t find one. It is very difficult because I don’t speak Finnish,” says Adnan.