Is Barona’s fast-track employment scheme “a joke?”

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland largest daily, published a story this month about three Eritreans who had found work at a logistics company in Vantaa thanks to a fast-track employment scheme at Barona,  a private employment agency that owns Luona, a subsidiary that manages eight asylum reception centers in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Hyvinkää. 

Migrant Tales asked in a previous posting a question that Helsingin Sanomat should have asked:

How come a company that has come under media scrutiny for treating asylum seekers “like livestock” is now helping people to become model tax-paying members of society?

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Read full story (in Finnish) here.

According to a former asylum seeker at Luona, who got a residence permit to live in Finland, Barona’s fast-track employment scheme isn’t doing that well.

“There are only three people [asylum seekers] who got work through Barona,” said the former asylum seeker. “Luona sent five of us to a job interview Wednesday. The taxi that took us to the job interview had the wrong address given by a Luona employee.”

“We didn’t get any explanation from the Luona employee why she didn’t have the correct address,” he added.

On Thursday they tried again to go to the interview but the taxi, which Luona called, never appeared.

“This is a joke [and it must be a prank],” the former asylum seeker said.