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News, 5/5/2017

Startup Refugees innovate and integrate in Finland

Photo: Jussi Hellsten/Slush

Typical news stories about refugees are often negative in one way or another. They rightly detail the horrors refugees face, or describe how the host country is struggling to cope. The organisation Startup Refugees certainly thinks so.

“Startup Refugees was conceived by Riku Rantala and Tuomas Milonoff,” explains Camilla Nurmi, coordinator for the program. “During the filming of their Madventures travel series they came across new talents and skills that Finland did not have. They realised that refugees to Finland were a brain gain instead of just a social and financial challenge. These refugees could bring new business ideas into Finland.”

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Updated 5/5/2017

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