Refugee center head: 'Benefits migration' not possible in Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

Jana Selesneva, the head of the asylum seekers' accommodation center in Vao, said benefit migration is not an issue in Estonia.

Selesneva told Eesti Päevaleht that no refugee wants to live on 90 euros a month. This is how much the state offers them in handouts.

For this reason, asylum seekers tend to find work as soon as possible. Of the 69 people currently in Vao center, 11 have found a job and a few more have been set up for trial days or internships.

A few dozen have registered with the unemployment office, and three-four people are studing in vocational schools or at the Tallinn University of Technology.

Although the number of the employed may seem small, it has to be taken into account that asylum seekers are forbidden from working for the first six months of their stay in Estonia.

In addition, 25 of the center's inhabitants are underage and 14 are stay-at-home mothers.

Editor: M. Oll



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.