Finland - Pressure on unemployed increases - February 29, 2016

The country’s unemployed are facing more pressure to find work, as unemployment offices punish increasing numbers of jobless people by cutting off their benefits. Unemployment benefits are contribution-based and administered by unemployment offices, whereas the long-term unemployed (those out of work for longer than 500 days) receive social benefits from their local municipality. A harsher sanctions regime might simply end up shifting claimants from one form of support to another. According to the NGO TVY, this leads to more people ending up on social benefits, outside the unemployment office system, and to permanent social exclusion.

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