Understanding Migration in Nordic and Baltic Countries




Preliminary Program, Summer Session, Saulkrasti

Call for proposals, Summer Session, Saulkrasti, Latvia Poster

Summer Session 2017, Full call with practical information



This study circle aims to explore migration and immigration in Nordic and Baltic countries. What are the realities of migration in Nordic and Baltic countries and how do political entities, organisations and individuals comprehend these realities? We use the term migration in a broad sense and in all its forms, whether we talk about asylum, exile, displacement, whether it refers to national or transnational, voluntary or involuntary, permanent or temporary migration. We will aim at exploring this concept theoretically, philosophically and with respect to empirical studies and experiences.

In view of increasing immigrant and refugee flows in Europe and the diversity of social and state responses, this circle aims at providing comparative case studies between Nordic and Baltic states on the immigration debate. Although they have a similar migration history, the way Nordic countries manage migration and asylum issues differ greatly from country to country. Nordic welfare states’ practices of inclusion and exclusion are connected to state policies and social attitudes, thus the realities of migration and asylum are disparate in each country. The concept of welfare state is to be revisited in light of recent development in migration. In the Nordic countries the numbers of migrant workers from the Baltic countries and Poland are substantial, making the issue of migration an important matter; looking at migration through a Nordic/Baltic scope seems highly relevant.

To gain an insight of transition and migration processes in the Nordic and Baltic countries, we need to look at many different aspects of migration, from individual realities to social rules and political decisions. Research on this topic has been extensive and we aim at bringing anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, pedagogy, philosophy, gender studies, media studies, political science, sociology and art together for a fruitful and engaging discussion on those issues.



Final Program winter 2017

Preliminary Program winter 2017

Call for proposals winter 2017


Stéphanie Barillé (Iceland)
Coordinator Study Circle 1
stbarille [at] gmail.com
Study Circle 1: Understanding migration in Nordic and Baltic countries

Bremen Donovan ()
Coordinator Study Circle 1
bremen.donovan [at] gmail.com
Study Circle 1: Understanding migration in Nordic and Baltic countries