Although there are no precise records on how many Estonians have jobs in Finland, ETV reported that the number is at least 46,000, making up approximately 5 percent of the working-age population.
According to a Statistics Finland estimate, around 21,000 Estonians travel back and forth to work in Finland. In addition to these, the Finnish migration authority has records on nearly 25,000 Estonians residing permanently in Finland.
In October, the business daily Äripäev estimated the number of Estonian construction workers in Finland to be around 30,000. It quoted Kalev Liibert from the Finnish Construction Trade Union, who said that tit is hard to find a construction site in the country where there are no Estonians at work.
A recent survey commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs found that the number of people aged 15-64 who have resolved to move abroad in search of a job has risen to 77,000, or 8.5 percent of the working-age population, compared to 36,000 in the boom year, 2006.