What the year's New Citizen of Turku and the year's Multicultural Act mean
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Did you know that currently the residents of Turku represent approximately 130 different nationalities and speak 100 languages? There are over 16,500 Turku residents whose native language is not Finnish or Swedish.
Every year the City of Turku selects the year's New Citizen of Turku and the year's Multicultural Act. The acknowledgement is given for the purpose of drawing positive attention to Turku's internationality and its multicultural everyday life.
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Please use this opportunity to have your say by proposing individuals for the title of New Turkulainen, New Citizen of Turku, and Best Multicultural Act. Please submit your suggestions before 30 January 2014.
The year's New Citizen of Turku will be a person with an immigrant background living in the Turku area, and the award for the Multicultural Act will go to a person, company, association or other organisation that has been setting an example in promoting multiculturalism.
In addition to this, the candidates should have helped to:
The winner will be chosen by a jury appointed by Mayor Aleksi Randell. The jury consists of persons representing the immigrant community, the Turku Society, the Turku Chamber of Commerce, the Employment Office, the Turku Area Development Centre, the media and the city.
The acknowledgments are given yearly
The year's New Citizen of Turku and the year's Multicultural Act have been awarded since 2006. Previously, recognition has been given to the following persons:
In 2014 Roda Hassan, Alas Ali and Mohammad Azizi, who are immigrant members of Turku City Council, and football for its role as an integration method for children, young people and adults. Examples include the Åbo IFK P-01 team and the multicultural sports association, FC Nations United
The City of Turku’s Immigration Coordinator Regina Ruohonen was acknowledged in 2012, and Hülya “Hissu” Kytö in 2014 for their long careers and lifelong work with immigrants.
Celebration for new citizens
The acknowledgements are presented at a celebration held in the spring, which is organised annually by the City of Turku for residents who have received Finnish citizenship. The celebration was first held in 2004.
The celebration and acknowledgements were the idea of Hissu Kytö, and Turku’s celebrations were the first of their kind in Finland. The celebrations in 2014 were the first held jointly between the municipalities of the Turku region.
Mikko Lohikoski, Director, Communicatios and External Affairs
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