About us - Duo in a nutshell
Duo is a four-year project (2013–2016) administered by Familia and financed by RAY. Duo aims its activities for intercultural couples, the number of which has tripled in Finland in twenty years. These families are now a permanent and an enriching part of the Finnish society. Duo’s goal is to offer its activities – for example peer groups, family training and advice services – nationally.
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The new Duo for intercultural families continues from where the old Duo Project (2008-2012) left off. The emphasis of activities still lies on peer, group and volunteer activities. Family training for intercultural couples continues and will become national along with other activities. Many of the activities under development, as well as the family training, will be based online. This means they are accessible nationally and internationally. Face-to-face activities aren't forgotten either, and Duo still organises lectures and training for intercultural families, volunteers and professionals.
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Emma & Elias
Duo is part of Emma & Elias aid programme (2012-2017) funded by RAY and coordinated by the Central Union for Child Welfare.
There are over 70 000 intercultural couples and families living in Finland today. About half of the families have children. Adults and children combined, almost 300 000 people live in intercultural households. The number of intercultural families has tripled in twenty years.
The term intercultural family is used to describe families comprised of partners who have born in different countries. The families may or may not have children (childfree couples). In the official statistics (Statistics Finland) families are classified according to whether the spouses are married, cohabiting or in a registered partnership and whether they have children.
The overwhelming majority of foreign-born (non-native) spouses of both Finnish-born women and men come from another EU member state or a non-EU European country. The number of Asian-born spouses of Finnish-born men has increased rapidly during the last ten years and Asian-born spouses constitute one fifth of all foreign-born spouses of Finnish men.