The Migration Institute of Finland is the only institute in Finland specialising in both the research and documentation of migration flows. Our special task involves documenting the life of Finns living abroad and promoting awareness related to it. We are a national actor and the majority of our work takes place in Finland but, in terms of expatriate Finns, our operating area covers the whole world.
The Migration Institute of Finland carries out research, is an active publisher, maintains its archive collection, emigrant register and a special library of the field and organises events and exhibitions. The Migration Institute of Finland is multidisciplinary and cooperates actively with Finnish and foreign universities and other institutes.
The institute has three locations. The main office of the Migration Institute of Finland is in Turku. The archive collections, library and exhibition spaces are also located there. The Seinäjoki office is situated at the University Consortium of Seinäjoki. A significant share of its activities involves the research of Ostrobothnian migration flows. The Vaasa office (Migration Centre of Swedish-speaking Finland) is situated at the Vaasa unit of Åbo Akademi. Its task is to carry out research and documentation related to Finland-Swedish migration.
The operations of the institute are enabled by the government transfer of the Ministry of Education and Culture. In addition, especially in research, the share of competitive project financing is significant. The institute also has its own foundation assets that are used to support its own operations and to allocate grants.
Siirtolaisuusinstituuttisäätiö sr was established in 1974. The establishment of the institute was promoted by all Finnish universities of that time and a few ministries and civic organisations. The founders of the institute came from the University of Turku.
We are a member of the Council of Finnish Foundations (COFF) and we observe the council’s Good Governance of Foundations guidelines.
The phases of the Migration Institute of Finland can be explored in more detail with the help of the historical work LIIKKEELLÄ – Siirtolaisuusinstituutti 1974–2014
Networks and interest groups
The Migration Institute of Finland carries out research collaboration with several universities, universities of applied sciences and central Finnish and foreign research communities. These include IMISCOE, AEMI, the Nordic Migration Research network, Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) and Finnish Demographic Society. The Migration Institute of Finland coordinates the Nordic Migration Research researcher network in 2019–2022. The institute was accepted as a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies in autumn of 2015.
We actively keep in touch with organisations of expatriate Finn, such as the Finland Society and the Ministry to Finns Abroad of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. We are also involved in many other organisations, workgroups and committees. The Migration Institute of Finland is a member of the Archives of Sweden Finns. In addition, we are developing cooperation with the Finlandia Foundation in the United States.
In Seinäjoki, significant and established partners include the Ruralia Institute of the University of Helsinki and the Department of History and Ethnology of the University of Jyväskylä. The Migration Centre of Swedish-speaking Finland has established a connection with the Swedish Finn Historical Society in the United States and several public bodies in its field.
Strategy of the Migration Institute of Finland for 2018–2020
To study migration flows and their societal impacts.
To gather, record and make available migration flow materials.
To participate in knowledge-based societal discussion and influencing.
To be the most recognised and esteemed migration-flow research and memory organisation in Finland.
To take part in international research in the field of migration flow.
To be the international centre of expatriate Finn research.
To strengthen our research activities and carry out high-quality research.
To recruit the most promising experts.
To improve digital accessibility.
To communicate our expertise.
To be a trusted expert.
To boldly develop our fund-raising.
Migration flows are a societal resource.
We observe the principles of open and ethically sound research.
We improve our competence.
We observe good governance.
We take care of each other.