Tutuksi brings together doers and doing, enabling asylum seekers and Finns to get to know one another within their own area of interest.
Tutuksi involves people who have recently come to the country in Finnish hobby and recreational groups – the sorts we’ve all belonged to at some point. The activities in question may be anything under the sun: choir singing, soccer, volunteering, handicrafts, amateur philosophy – or whatever else you do for the sheer love of it. As we see it, who better to understand a geek than another geek – and there are never too many people in free-time activities.
Tutuksi will improve the participation, networking development, and integration of recent arrivals to Finland. It’s equally important to reduce prejudice among Finns and encourage them to meet people from different backgrounds. The hope is that the Tutuksi initiative will create a straightforward and agile model for civic engagement and a new channel for asylum seekers to become part of Finnish life.
Scores of volunteers from different localities across Finland are involved in Tutuksi. In 2017 these localities include Espoo, Forssa, Helsinki, Lieksa, Oulu, and Tampere, and in 2018 there’ll be more of them. Volunteer teams arrange meetings for newcomers and maintain contacts with local players.
The Tutuksi project is being organised by Support for Asylum Seekers, an association established in 2015 that provides manifold and needs-based assistance for people coming to Finland as asylum seekers. The Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) provides support for the initiative.