Information about Homestay NetworkHomestay Network for asylum seekers is a nationwide network of over 4,000 volunteer citizens.
The Finnish Immigration service (Maahanmuuttovirasto, Migri) have authorized us to organize homestay. In addition to that we cooperate closely with national authorities, reception centers and the third sector.
Our goal is to make sure that the asylum seekers arriving in Finland can integrate here and their new life starts in a sensible and humane way. In practice, the main purpose of Homestay Network is to bring hosts and asylum seekers together. This work is done by the local groups. At the moment, there in a local group in seven areas. These groups have arranged over 400 homestays after the founding of the network in 2015.
The operation of Homestay Network is based on volunteer work. In the beginning of the year 2017, Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organizations. Sosiaali- ja terveysjärjestöjen avustuskeskus STEA ja Sannan granted Homestay Network a two-year funding, that made it possible, for the first time, to get two employees. Mirka and Sanna's job is to build up the network and improve its operation and communication, and support its members. You can read more about volunteers Mirka and Sanna in Homestay Network blog.
Homestay Network in figures