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Finland Expects Many Student and Employee Residence Permit Applications in 2023 and 2024

The Finnish Immigration system recently stated that it expects a high number of residence permit applications from international students and employees this year and next year.

Finland Expects Many Student and Employee Residence Permit Applications in 2023 and 2024

According to the Finnish Immigration Service, the country's residency permit application volumes will rise as demand for foreign labour rises.

Following a record number of applications submitted last year, the number of first work-based residence permit applications in 2023 and 2024 is estimated to reach 19,000 and 21,500, respectively.

According to the Immigration Service, the high number reflects worldwide economic swings, action plans meant to boost employment-based immigration, and the current labour market conditions in Finland, among other factors.

"Many industries and businesses are experiencing severe labour shortages." Meanwhile, the population of working-age people is declining. As a result, the rising need and demand for foreign labour is expected to continue in the future," said Johannes Hirvelä, Director of Development at the Finnish Immigration Service.

In addition to the foregoing, Finland anticipates that the number of student residence permit applications will remain high in 2023 and 2024.

According to data, Finland received a record number of initial residence permit applications from students last year - 9,855. This high figure was "estimated to be the result of students who began their studies remotely or delayed the start of their course due to the coronavirus pandemic moving to Finland in 2022."

Even though student application volumes are likely to fall slightly in 2023 and 2023, the Finnish Immigration Service has stated that they will stay at a historically high level.

The authorities anticipate receiving approximately 8,500 student residence permit applications in 2023 and 9,000 applications in 2024.

The Finnish authorities have stated that they foresee a decline in applications for temporary protection and asylum. Finland will receive between 20,000 and 30,000 applications for temporary protection from Ukrainians this year, according to the Immigration Service.

According to the authorities, 10,000 to 15,000 temporary protection applications are expected to arrive in Finland in 2024.

In terms of asylum seekers, the Immigration Service estimates that between 3,500 and 4,500 first-time asylum applicants will arrive in Finland in both 2023 and 2024. The primary countries of origin for asylum seekers are expected to arrive in Finland this year, and Afghanistan, Somalia, and Syria are expected to come in 2024.



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