News from the Migration Institute of Finland and from the University of Turku

Migration Institute of Finland is currently producing an overview of current research and future research themes for NordForsk. The report will be finished in the beginning of 2017. University of Turku will publish a book about asylum seekers in the beginning of 2017. The book examines the governance of asylum seekers, paperless, municipalities and immigration and the use of social media in integration. The book uses data that was collected during autumn 2016.

News from Åbo Akademi

The planned surveys, which constitute a part of the research on sustainability on the local level in Finland, have been finalized. The surveys will be tested thru a small scaled pilot in January 2017, and the plan is to send the surveys to the respondents during February and March, 2017.

The first URMI policy brief

The first URMI policy brief (November 28, 2016) shows that inequality is increasing in European cities and this rising inequality is increasingly translated into higher levels of socio-economic segregation in cities and neighbourhoods. Also in Helsinki segregation levels are increasing, especially at the micro-urban scale. Increasing segregation can threaten the social sustainability of cities. The spatial isolation of low income people, often with an ethnic minority background, can lead them to get cut off from social networks and mainstream society, and this can lead to social unrest and reduced levels of trust. Policy initiatives should focus on reducing inequality by creating better opportunities for the social mobility of low income groups by investing in education and training. Inclusive growth strategies should combine both people-based and area-based policy measures. Read the policy brief here.

The immigration work package moves forward

National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) acquires register data of the Finnish population from Statistics Finland during this autumn (2016). THL studies the dynamics of ethnic segregation and the migration of immigrants. A policy brief considering socioeconomic segregation in European capital cities will be published at the end of the year. Timo Kauppinen, the leader of the immigration work package, is the head of URMI research in THL.

Researchers collect data on asylum seekers

During this autumn (2016), the University of Turku in cooperation with the Institute of Migration collects data considering the dynamics, practices and impacts of the latest asylum seeker wave: survey for the leaders of the reception centres will be launched at the end of August. Officers that are responsible of immigration and integration in municipalities and in ELY Centres will be interviewed during September and October. Also some of the residents of the selected reception centres will be interviewed. The study considers the best practices of the reception centres, the move decisions of the asylum seekers into municipalities and the relation between the use of social media and move decision and integration. Following researchers from the University of Turku will participate the research: the director of URMI, prof.  Jussi Jauhiainen, Camilla Marucco, Lotta Koistinen, Maria Merisalo, Katri Gadd and Hanna Heino and following researchers from the Institute of Migration: leader Tuomas Martikainen, Marko Juntunen, Osama Al aloulou and Yousif Haddad..

Urbanization work package in full swing

Tampere University of Technology leads the urbanization work package. The work package began to gather social media data during the summer. The data will be used to study the use of urban space. Also the research of urban drivers and urbanization rates has begun. Two or three scientific papers will be submitted by the end of this year. Following researchers participate the work package: Prof. and leader of the work package Panu Lehtovuori, professors Arto Saari and Tapio Katko, Anssi Joutsiniemi, Damiano Cerrone, Jenni Partanen and  Jaana Vanhatalo from the Tampere University of Technology and Aleksi Neuvonen from Demos Helsinki and Hanna Heino from the University of Turku. 

Tartu's URMI-team taking shape

University of Tartu in cooperation with National Institute for Health and Welfare has prepared a data request for Statistics Finland in order to study the integration pathways of migrants in large Finnish city regions during the period 2000-2014 in a longitudinal multiprocess research framework. At the moment, the Tartu team is in formation. In addition to professors Tiit Tammaru and Rein Ahas, Leen Rahnu will start as a post-doc from September 1. Leen defended her PhD in June 2016 in the field of family demography of migrants. She is highly skilled in longitudinal data analysis. Tiit Tammaru will actively work in the Project as well in order to ensure a quick and smooth start of the research. A PhD student Karin Kangur will join the team later the year.  

First meeting of the URMI consortium

The first meeting of the URMI consortium was organized August 17, 2016 in Turku. Over 20 researchers participated the meeting. The leaders of the sub projects presented scientific and societal relevance and the research topics. The projects conduct research on urbanization, mobilization and immigration and their connection to each other.