Finland's Game Industry Is Not Happy With New Immigration Laws

30% of the industry’s workforce has come from abroad. 

Neogames, the Finnish game industry body, has expressed its disappointment in the proposed immigration laws in the country. As reported by PocketGamer, one of the reforms suggests that foreign professionals unemployed for three months should face deportation. 

According to Neogames, 30% of the game industry’s workforce is made up of immigrants, and the proposal looks hostile to workers from other countries.

"Many Finnish companies have invested thousands of euros to attract and relocate high-earning experts to Finland. Instead of helping to retain these top taxpayers in Finland after the layoffs, the new government plans to push them to search for new jobs in countries that offer greater administrative stability and security for themselves and their families."

Neogames suggests the following plan of action:

  • The new government must abandon the brain drain booster initiative. 
  • The new government must cancel the budget cuts creating new bottlenecks in the immigration process. 
  • The government must not create artificial restrictions for its talent attraction efforts. 

It's worth noting that the new laws are not finalized yet. Considering the backlash, we might see a positive outcome for game developers after all. 

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