Case Study Category: CBCCase Study Tags: COVID-19, Finland, and Labour Market
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Specific measures to address the issues of cross-border workers commuting in Finland during the COVID-19 emergency.
Since 20 March 2020, tighter border control between Finland and Norway, Sweden and Estonia were introduced. Only essential traffic of goods and returning citizens was allowed, and commuting traffic was restricted to only some defined categories of workers (Ministry of the Interior).
The Finnish government had negotiations with other governments and agreements were made to allow key workers, especially in social and health care to go across the border in daily traffic to guarantee the services in these areas. The risks were evaluated, and it was noted that the supply of such workforce was essential for authorities to work properly, especially at the border between Sweden and Finland. Between Estonia and Finland, traffic restrictions had a major effect on the construction sector and their employees, and their needs have been taken note of in negotiations.