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In addition to organising matters of temporary stay or permanent settlement in the country, an effective migration policy embraces adaptation of foreigners after their arrival in the country and their involvement in local life.

In order to support newly arrived immigrants who have migrated to Estonia to settle in and to acquire knowledge, skills and primary proficiency in the Estonian language, Estonia offers all newly arrived immigrants the opportunity to participate in an introductory welcoming programme.

Additionally, the Ministry of the Interior supports and empowers public, private and third sector organizations that on daily basis are in contact with newly arrived immigrants through support network and developing public services.

Broader aim of the Ministry of the Interior in the field of adaptation is to form a system of support services for new immigrants that is comprehensive, flexible and timely.

New immigrants are all aliens legally migrated to Estonia who have stayed in the country for less than five years.

Last updated: 31 March 2020