Eveliina Lyytinen

Senior Research Fellow +358 400 219 184

DPhil, Associate professor

  • Forced migration
  • Exile
  • Deportation of asylum seekers
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research ethics
  • Urban exile
  • Deputy Research Integrity Adviser at the Migration Institute of Finland



My research and expertise cover a broad range of themes related to asylum seeking and exile. I have studied, among other things, the protection of urban refugees, the employment of young people with refugee background and the removal of asylum seekers. I am particularly interested in the integration of concepts of human geography into refugee research, in qualitative research and in research ethics. I feel that research in this area should seek to make legislation and politics more humane.


Mobile Futures: Diversity, Trust and Two-Way Integration (Funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) established within the Academy of Finland, 2022-2027)

Endings – Refuge, Time, and Space (Kone Foundation, 2023-2026)

Intimate geographies of bordering: Deportability and its effects on Finnish citizens with foreign spouses and their extend (Academy of Finland, 2022-2024)

Action-oriented Research on Asylum Seekers’ Deportability (post-doctoral research project, Academy of Finland, 2018–2022)

Coming of Age in Exile (CAGE) – Health and Socio-Economic Inequities in Young Refugees in the Nordic Welfare Societies (NordForsk, 2015–2018)

Spaces of Trust and Mistrust: Congolese Refugees, Institutions and Protection in Kampala, Uganda (doctoral thesis project, School of Geography, University of Oxford, several funders, 2009–2014)

Essential publications

Lyytinen, E. (2022a) Kokemuksia ja havaintoja lain väkivallasta karkotuksissa. In: Pirkkalainen, P., Lyytinen, E. & Pellander, S. (eds.) Suomesta poistetut – Näkökulmia käännytyksiin ja karkotuksiin. Vastapaino, Tampere, 223-246. http://doi.org/10.58181/VP9789517689960

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2022b) Revisiting the ‘dual imperative’ of forced-migration studies – commentary to Refstie. Fennia – International Journal of Geography, https://doi.org/10.11143/fennia.123036

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2022c) ‘I have my everything in here’: Welcome, unwelcome and rewelcome in asylum seeker’s deportability, Hospitality & Society, 12(2): 145-163, https://doi.org/10.1386/hosp_00042_1

Pirkkalainen, Päivi, Eveliina Lyytinen & Saara Pellander (2022) Johdanto. In: Pirkkalainen, P., Lyytinen, E. & Pellander, S. (eds.) Suomesta poistetut – Näkökulmia käännytyksiin ja karkotuksiin. Vastapaino, Tampere, 7-26. http://doi.org/10.58181/VP9789517689960

Pirkkalainen, Päivi, Lena Näre & Eveliina Lyytinen (2022) ’I do not trust any of them anymore’: Institutional distrust and corrective practices in pro-asylum activism in Finland, Current Sociology, https://doi.org/10.1177/001139212211293

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2020) “Rebellious research” on deportability – Combining We see you’s core areas of academia, activism, and arts. Siirtolaisuus-Migration, 2: 23-24 (https://siirtolaisuusinstituutti.fi/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/sm2_2020.pdf) 

Lyytinen, Eveliina (ed.)(2019) Turvapaikanhaku ja pakolaisuus Suomessa. Turku: Siirtolaisuusinstituutti. (http://kauppa.siirtolaisuusinstituutti.fi/product/214/turvapaikanhaku-ja-pakolaisuus-suomessa)

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2019) ‘In a group you feel OK, but outside there you are ready to die’ – The role of a support group in disabled refugees’ struggles for their ‘right to the city’ in Kampala, Uganda. Michael E Leary-Owhin & John P McCarthy (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society. London: Routledge.

Lyytinen, Eveliina & Nita Toom (2019) Two-way labour market integration? Perspectives on youth with a refugee background and employers in Finland. CAGE project report (https://cage.ku.dk/publications/reports/) 

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2018) Taisteleva tutkimus turvapaikanhakijoiden karkotettavuudesta. Siirtolaisuus-Migration 2, 35–37. (http://www.migrationinstitute.fi/files/pdf/siirtolaisuus-migration/s-m_2_2018_nettiin.pdf)

Vuolteenaho, Jani & Eveliina Lyytinen (2018) Reflections on the variations and spatialities of (un)welcome – commentary to Gill. Fennia, 196 (1): 118–123.

Gauffin, Karl & Eveliina Lyytinen (2017) Working for Integration – A Comparative Analysis of Policies Impacting Labour Market Access among Young Immigrants and Refugees in the Nordic Countries. CAGE project report. (http://cage.ku.dk/publications/CAGE_Policy_Report_1.pdf)

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2017) Refugees ‘Journeys of Trust: Creating an Analytical Framework to Examine Refugees Exilic Journeys with a Focus on Trust. Journal of Refugee Studies, 30 (4): 489–501 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/few035)

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2016) Informal places of protection: Congolese refugees’ ‘communities of trust’ in Kampala, Uganda. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1207506) 

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2015) Congolese refugees’ ‘right to the city’ and urban protection in Kampala, Uganda. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 9 (4): 593-611

Lyytinen, Eveliina (2015) Refugees’ Conceptualizations of “Protection Space”: Geographical Scales of Urban Protection and Host–Refugee Relations. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 34 (2): 45-77

Teaching and supervision

XSTL1054 Forced Migration and Refugee Studies course (University of Turku and Open University of Turku, 2020-)

PhD supervisees: Camilla Marucco (Geography, University of Turku), Ilona Silvola (Theology, Åbo Akademi), Liselott Sundbäck (Social Policy, Åbo Akademi)