Vietnamese workers face deportation for earning below the nationally accepted level of incomeThursday, 20 October 2011
Finland plans to deport Vietnamese workers living in the rural communities of Ostrobothnia which attracted the Vietnamese to fill unwanted jobs which Finns did not want to do. The reason for the deportation is because immigration officials have determined that they do not earn enough money to qualify for residency in Finland.
According to Finnish national broadcaster, Yle, Finnish companies often struggle to fill low-paying jobs, which is why they have turned to foreign labour to keep places such as greenhouses and wood workshops running.
Income limit guidelines (annual)Many of those working in jobs turned down by Finns fall below the Finnish poverty line, technically qualifying them for welfare benefits. This makes immigrant families ineligible to stay in Finland, though Finns in similar jobs earn the same salary.
2 adults 18,360 euros
2 adults + 1 child 23,760 euros
2 adults + 2 children 29,160 euros
Source: The Finnish Immigration Service
Officials say the fact that the Vietnamese themselves believe they are making ends meet has no bearing on the law.
"I would be really sad if I'm forced to return to Vietnam. I would like to stay here with my husband. We've made good Finnish friends," says Thi Quynh, who faces deportation to Finnish Broadcaster, Yle.
Some 3,000 foreigners move to Finland every year in search of jobs, but most leave within their first year in the country.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health draws a parallel in the deportation of the Vietnamese workers with the cases of the foreign grannies, which have raised much public debate. Deportation orders may follow the letter of the law, but they do not always seem fair, according to officials.
By Scancomark.se Team / Yle Finland
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