An interior ministry working group meeting with the City of Turku has issued a warning about the possible emergence of immigrant "ghettos" in Finland's cities. Officials noted that concentrated settlement of immigrants in certain residential districts can create significant social problems. In order to avoid them, they concluded, the supply of rental accommodation must be increased, language teaching made more efficient, and suburban amenities and services improved. The recommendations were the outcome of a meeting between the City of Turku and the Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations (ETNO).
"Thankfully Finland is not currently home to any sort of immigrant ghetto, but there has certainly been some movement towards demographic segregation," notes Ritva Viljanen, head of ETNO and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior.