“I have an armchair in the living room,” Modou Jassey, a 35-year-old man from Gambia, duly describes his home. His Finnish teacher, Stina Nybäck, continues the questioning: Is it soft? Jassey nods in approval; he also has a bookshelf, a carpet and a painting on the wall. Jassey began studying Finnish in January after waiting four months for admission to the integration programme.
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Immigrants face long wait for language courses
A four-month wait is by no means unheard of. Several immigrants in the capital region have to wait notably longer for admission to the state-funded programme, some for over a year. At present, average waiting times are a minimum of six months.