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The Institute does research about migration and ethnic questions and seeks to improve the conditions for research on migration and to develop co-operation among the organizations and individual researchers involved. The Institute arranges seminars and congresses to create contacts between scholars working in the field of migration. Every year national and international seminars are arranged. Every five years a big congress on internal migration is arranged.

  Contact: Research director Elli Heikkilä

Originally the focus of the Institute's research was on historical emigration and Finnish emigrants especially. During later years this has shifted to contemporary migration issues as net migration in Finland has turned to positive and multiculturalism has become an issue. Research on e.g. integration, identity and education of immigrants, migration from Russia and the Baltic countries (especially Ingrian Finns) and racism are now the main focus.

Research projects in progress
Completed projects (in Finnish)

Series of publications in Finnish, Swedish and English along with the quarterly ”Siirtolaisuus-Migration” make the research known world-wide.

The Migration and Ethnicity research network (MEV)

The Institute maintains a Research Register of research completed, in progress, and planned.

The research partners of the Institute of Migration

The research conducted in the Institute of Migration is partly done by the Institute's own researchers and partly in cooperation with other institutions.

  • Nordregio, Sweden
  • Statistics Norway, Norway
  • Swedish Institute for Regional Research (SIR), Östersund, Sweden
  • University of Akureyri, Iceland
  • University of Leeds, England
  • University of Utah, USA
  • Potchefstroom University, South Africa
  • Ecotec, Research & Consulting Ltd, Bryssel
  • EFMS, Europäisches Forum für Migrationsstudien
  • Filmihalli Oy
  • Helsinki University, Länsi-Uusimaa Institute for Continuing Education
  • Helsinki University, Seinäjoki Institute for Rural research and training
  • Joensuu University, department of sociology
  • Lohja city
  • Lund University
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Ministry of Education
  • Oulu University, summer university, Kajaani
  • Oulu University Research and Development Centre of Kajaani
  • The Refugee Advice Centre
  • Ministry of the interior
  • Turku University, department of geography
  • Ministry of labor
  • Varkaus city
  • Åbo Akademi, Institute of human rights


Institute of Migration
Eerikinkatu 34
20100 Turku, Finland



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