For migrants and refugees
Vantaa parishes have taken an active role in helping refugees and asylum seekers in the city of Vantaa. The ongoing refugee crisis affects people all over the world, and millions of people are currently fleeing their homes because of war, conflicts and persecution.
Together with other organizations, the Vantaa Parish Union coordinates volunteers working in reception centres. New volunteers are always welcome, and they will receive training.
Refugees and asylum seekers are welcome to take part in all parish activities. The Church welcomes everyone regardless of their asylum status, religious convictions or Church membership.
Church as a place of sanctuary
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland recognises the centuries-old tradition of church as a place of sanctuary, common to all Christian churches. The parishes support those whose application for asylum has been rejected by offering them material, emotional and spiritual support and helping them in dealing with authorities.
The parishes work openly, making sure that migrants living in Finland are treated fairly. The church does not hide people or have an asylum application process of its own.
Sign up as a volunteer!
You can support refugees and asylum seekers at reception centres and elsewhere. You do not need to be a professional or speak multiple languages to help. Being willing to meet new people and support them as a friend is the most important thing. A practical, down-to-earth attitude will help you!
There are also volunteer positions also for asylum seekers, for example, in elderly people's nursing homes.