The Board and Council of the Migration Institute of Finland decide the general principles of the operations. The Board also decides on the allocation of grants. The member communities of the institute include Finnish universities, ministries, other bodies governed by public law and a group of civic organisations. In total, the foundation has 30 background communities. The operations of the foundation observe the related-party instructions of the Migration Institute of Finland (in Finnish).

The operations of the Migration Institute of Finland are run by the managing director. The institute’s research and information services are the responsibility of the research director and support services are the responsibility of the administrative director. In addition to the managing director, the institute employs seven people permanently and 10–15 people in different fixed-term duties.


  • Professor Veli-Matti Ritakallio, Chair (University of Turku)
  • Deputy Mayor Jarkko Virtanen, Vice Chair (City of Turku)
  • Associate Professor Olga Davydova-Minguet (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Professor Peter Nynäs (Åbo Akademi)
  • Deputy Director-General Raimo Pyysalo (Ministry of the Interior, Migration Department)
  • City Development Manager Sami Mäntymäki (City of Seinäjoki)
  • Professor Ilari Karppi (Tampere University)
  • Ministerial Adviser Paula Karjalainen (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment)
  • Region Mayor Kari Häkämies (Regional Council of Southwest Finland)
  • Family Services Director Minna Säävälä (Family Federation of Finland)


  • Chair: Professor Keijo Virtanen (Turku University Foundation)
  • Vice Chair: Vice Rector Riitta Pyykkö (University of Turku)


  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: Ministerial Counsellor Pekka Tiainen, D.Pol.Sc.
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Counsellor Sini Paukkunen
  • Ministry of Education and Culture: No representative for the time being
  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health: No representative for the time being

Bodies governed by public law

  • Church Council/Department for International Relations: Ministry to Finns Abroad Director Mauri Vihko
  • City of Seinäjoki: Head of Department Heikki Vierula
  • Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities: Senior Adviser Anu Wikman-Immonen
  • City of Turku: Researcher Meri Vuohu
  • Finnish Immigration Service: Senior Adviser Rafael Bärlund
  • Regional Council of Southwest Finland: Regional Development Director Tarja Nuotio


  • University of Helsinki: Professor Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti
  • University of Eastern Finland: Professor Pekka Suutari
  • University of Jyväskylä: Professor Jari Ojala
  • University of Lapland: University Researcher Saara Koikkalainen, D.Soc.Sc.
  • University of Oulu: Professor Jarkko Saarinen
  • Tampere University: Professor Laura Huttunen
  • University of Turku: Vice Rector Riitta Pyykkö
  • University of Vaasa: Professor Seija Virkkala
  • Åbo Akademi: Professor Holger Weiss

Civic organisations and associations

  • Mannerheim League for Child Welfare: City Architect Jarmo Heimo
  • Norden Association, Finland: Norden Association Turku President Jussi Nurmi
  • Association of Finnish Culture and Identity: Bachelor of Science in Technology Raine Kervinen
  • Finnish Youth Association: Master of Laws Risto Villa
  • Finnish Demographic Society: Adjunct Professor Ismo Söderling
  • League of Finnish-American Societies: Master of Laws Taru Luukkala-Viitanen
  • League of Finnish-Australian Societies: Juha Ollikainen, M.Sc. (Tech.)
  • Finland Society: Professor Jarmo Virmavirta
  • Swedish Assembly of Finland: Senior Lecturer Mika Helander
  • Society of Swedish Literature in Finland: Professor Nils-Erik Villstrand
  • Turku University Foundation: Professor Keijo Virtanen
  • Family Federation of Finland: Research Professor Osmo Kontula

In Sweden

  • National Association of Finns in Sweden: Entrepreneur Seija Sjöstedt
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