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Welfare sector says Finland wants more foreign labour

Around two-thirds of people in Finland support work-based immigration, according to trade union JHL.

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Welfare sector trade union JHL on Tuesday said its recent poll suggested that two-thirds of Finns support more labour-based immigration into the country.

JHL, the largest trade union for the welfare sector in Finland, said people in Finland are increasingly supportive of migration into the country.

Sixty-seven percent of the survey's respondents said they would be willing to allow more people to immigrate to Finland to work, up from 52 percent four years ago, according to JHL.

JHL is one of the trade unions involved in the recent municipal sector strike.

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"JHL has for a long time called on the need to resolve the public services labour shortage," the union's chair Päivi Niemi-Laine said in a statement. "In the future the number of workers retiring will accelerate, necessitating an increase in work-based immigration," she added.

JHL noted that it was important that foreign workers are employed under the same conditions as Finnish ones.

Finland is expected to need 30,000 more healthcare workers by 2030 to meet the demands of an aging population.

Two nurses' unions have meanwhile said they are preparing a plan for mass resignation by healthcare workers as part of a conflict over pay and conditions.

Research firm Kantar TNS carried out the survey which polled more than 1,000 people. The margin of error was three percentage points in both directions.