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Survey on work and well-being among persons of foreign origin

Description of the data collection

The number of persons of foreign origin whose both parents were born abroad is around 280,000 in Finland. Statistics Finland and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) will carry out a Survey on work and well-being among persons of foreign origin, because the information need for integrating the population of foreign origin has grown, but the present population studies do not provide sufficiently reliable on the living condi-tions of this group.

The survey collects information about the labour market situation, ability to work and function, physical and mental health, possible experiences of discrimination and need for services among people of foreign origin.

The questions of the survey were gathered from the biggest national popula-tion studies (Labour Force Survey, Regional Health and Well-being Study, Health 2011, Work and Health), which allows comparison of the results with those of Finnish-born people.

The survey data will be collected between 1 January and 31 December 2014 with face-to-face interviews.

From whom are data collected?

In all, 6,000 persons whose parents were born abroad have been selected to the survey at random. The data have been drawn from Statistics Finland’s database on the population of Finland.

The target group of the survey consists of all persons whose both parents were born abroad. The target group thus comprises persons born in Finland, those having lived here for a short or long time, and persons who have already been granted Finnish citizenship. The survey concerns all population groups: employees, self-employed persons, students, persons caring for their children at home, unemployed persons, those on disability pension or for other reason outside the labour market.

Provision of data is voluntary. However, it is of key importance to reply to the survey as it aims to provide as reliable as possible a picture of the labour market situation of the entire population of foreign origin. Each person selected to the survey represents around 47 other persons of foreign origin aged 15 to 64 and nobody can be replaced by another respondent.

What are the data used for?

The results of the survey assist in developing measures that support integration and employment and in assessing social and welfare services. A report will be published on the results in 2015 and the data will also be used for scientific research. The results will also be released on the web pages of Statistics Finland and the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges statistical authorities to treat the data as confiden-tial and use them only for statistical and research purposes. Statistics Finland's interviewers and all persons handling data are legally obliged to secrecy. The results will be published in the form of tables and graphs from which the answers of individual persons cannot be identified.

In order that not all the information need be asked in the interview, back-ground information is combined with the research data from administrative files available to Statistics Finland and the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

Statistics Finland and the National Institute for Health and Welfare can release data only for scientific research and statistical surveys. Releasing is always done so that direct identification of the survey participants is impos-sible.

How often are data collected?

Other irregular