Finnish startup Funzilife launches a mobile information and learning service for asylum seekers

10/1/2015


Finnish startup company Funzilife has launched a service for asylum seekers that delivers reliable information to mobile phone users. The service contains trustworthy information from official sources that will enable immigrants to operate more efficiently and find the authorities in different stages of immigration. The service is available in English and it is free for the user.

According to the company the first learning package consists of five courses about Finland, Finnish language and communication skills and everyday life and legal rights.

"We want give asylum seekers easily understandable information to facilitate everyday life in Finland", tells Tero Salonen, CEO Funzilife.

"In addition, we want to offer the authorities a way to reach asylum seekers for guiding correct information".

Originally Funzi has been developed for the emerging markets and the service is in use in several African countries in teaching entrepreneurship and job skills. Funzi is designed mobile first for circumstances where the widest screen available for information sharing is a mobile phone.

Additionally Funzi provides mobile courses for employment and entrepreneurship, which can help immigrants to bring their professional skills to the labor market. In the future the learning content will be expanded in cooperation with local companies. The service is available for use worldwide, and the company plans to expand its operations.

"Country specific learning packages for asylum seekers will be published throughout the EU. No other similarly effective and scalable service for immigrant integration exists, states Tero Salonen. Funzi is looking for co-operation partners to create country specific information.

Funzilife is currently also running a R&D projects in the Beam - Business with Impact programme run by Tekes and the Foreign Ministry of Finland.

 

Eeva Landowski