Familia is a pioneer in the development of intercultural activities and the leading expert of intercultural families. Familia's Duo Activities are aimed for intercultural families, the number of which has tripled in Finland in twenty years.
These families (where the spouses are from two different countries) 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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Duo Project (2008-2016)
Duo project for intercultural families was managed by the Familia association and funded by RAY. The target group for Duo comprises intercultural families in Finland, the number of which has tripled over the past two decades and which are a permanent part of Finnish society. The purpose of Duo was to develop and provide peer-based activities, family training and counselling services for intercultural families throughout Finland.
The year 2016 marked the final year of the Duo project. From 2017 onwards, all activities intended for intercultural families was included as part of Familia’s overall activities.
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.