The Finnish Refugee Council
The Finnish Refugee Council is a specialist in international refugee work. Its mission is to improve the basic rights of refugees and returnees. As an associate of the UNHCR in Finland, the Council is a religiously and politically independent development cooperation organisation.
Founded in 1965, the Finnish Refugee Council has been involved in development cooperation work globally, providing adult education and youth welfare services in refugee camps in a range of countries. The Council also supports returnee communities in societies recovering from crises. Among the countries the Council has been working in are Liberia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Uganda. In Finland, the Council’s roles are mainly informational, educational and social.
There are currently 21 member organisations and about 560 members in the Finnish Refugee Council. Through these member organisations, the Council enlists tens of thousands of Finnish people to carry out its numerous activities.
Fundraising has been a fundamental aspect of the Council’s work. Donations are used for the organisation’s work and are channelled to address the world’s refugee crises through the UNHCR.
The Finnish Refugee Council’s information services offer background information on international refugees and raise awareness about refugees and their lives, both in global crisis areas and in Finland. The services also provide information on the work of the Finnish Refugee Council.