Serving migrants and refugees
The Church in Vantaa has taken an active role in helping refugees and asylum seekers in the city. The global refugee crisis affects people worldwide, and millions of people are currently fleeing their homes because of war, conflicts, and persecution.
Together with other organisations, we coordinate volunteers working in reception centres. New volunteers are always welcome, and they will receive appropriate 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.
The church as a place of sanctuary
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland recognises the centuries-old tradition of the church as a place of sanctuary, common to all Christian churches. Accordingly, the Church in Vantaa supports those whose application for asylum has been rejected by offering them material, emotional, and spiritual support and helping them in dealing with authorities.
The church works transparently, ensuring 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 friends is the most important thing. A practical, down-to-earth attitude will help you!
There are also volunteer positions for asylum seekers, for example, in nursing homes for the elderly.