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Free borders vital for innovation, government told

Immigration is an asset to Finland’s innovation capacity and the government should use its migration policies to further encourage entrepreneurship, a report has said.

The report, Innovaatiotalouden maahanmuuttopolitiikka: Kansainvälinen muuttoliike, maahanmuuttajat ja innovaatiopolitiikka, was published by Finland’s ministry of employment and the economy on 12 May. It examines the role of different groups of society in contributing to innovation outputs.

Recommendations on how to change immigration rules to promote innovation include establishing more flexible residence permits, improving mentoring programmes and integration services for new arrivals and providing access to higher education institutions. Companies should also be encouraged to employ more international staff, particularly in their start-up phase, the government said. 

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