Info Session Regarding Immigrant Political Participation in Finland, 28.9.2023

Viite – Finnish Greens for Science and Technology are organising an info session regarding political participation in Finland. The live event will be hosted in the Parliament Building Visitors’ Centre. Remote participation is also possible.

The current political developments have caused concern in our immigrant population. Viite has issued a statement regarding the policies proposed by our current government:

In this session, we want to give insight into how to influence the political process and enable dialogue between immigrants and policymakers.

Please indicate whether you participate in the live event or remotely. Also, write down your questions, comments or concerns if applicable. The data will be handled in accordance with GDPR and will not be shared further or stored after the session.

Agenda – may be subject to change:

17:00 Opening Words – Mr Paavo Heiskanen, on behalf of the organising committee

17:05 Decision-making process in Finland, Ms. Anna Välimaa, specialist, Finland’s Innovation Fund Sitra

17:20 Overview of the Political Situation, Mr Atte Harjanne, MP, Chairperson of Finnish Greens Parliamentary Group

17:40 How to Influence the Political Process, Ms Hanna Holopainen, MP, Chairperson of Viite – Finnish Greens for Science and Technology

18:00 Q&A

18:15 Topical Issues Faced by Foreign Specialists in Finland, Mr Maxim Smirnov (

18:45 Political Participation in Finland in English. Mr Sakari Kouti, Chairperson of Green Sisu

19:05 Addressing structural barriers to participation: a multicultural perspective, Dr. Theresia Bilola, Turku Greens.

19:20 Open discussion

19:40 Info Session ends

Registration, deadline Sunday 24.9.2023