Migration as a Driving Force for Municipalities – Research Project for the Regional Development of the Seinäjoki Sub-region

K8 municipalities of Seinäjoki sub-region (Alavus, Ilmajoki, Isokyrö, Kauhava, Kuortane, Kurikka, Lapua and Seinäjoki), 2019–2021

Project director: Markku Mattila

Project objective:

Migration strongly shapes Finnish society and influences the vitality of municipalities, the key factors of which are human capital and people. At present, the strongest migration flows are directed towards the greater Helsinki area and the largest cities, which absorb population both from abroad and from the rest of Finland. However, regions outside these areas compete for the same resources in order to maintain their vitality. The prerequisite for growth and vitality is an adequate population base with an age structure that supports growth. The research project is focused on people moving to and from the region: how to make people choose to live in Seinäjoki sub-area and how to engage them in the area? The project is based on situation monitoring by several meters, data analysis, identification of problem areas and development of research solutions. The aim of the study is to make the Seinäjoki sub-area more attractive in the future.

Project researhers:

Key partners:

City of Seinäjoki, Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, University Consortium of Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce and Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for South Ostrobothnia

Web page: https://muuttomoottori.fi/

Events / other activities:

International Seminar on Migration and Regional Economic Development, 29 October 2019. Migration Institute of Finland, Seinäjoki