Migration and crisis: what the experience of Ukraine reveals

On May 28th, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine published the results of repeated modular selective survey of population (households) of Ukraine on migration. The survey was carried out by M. Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Research of the National Academy of Sciences and the State Statistics Service within the European Union Project “Effective Governance of Labour Migration and its Skills Dimensions”, and implemented by ILO in Ukraine and in Moldova from April till June 2012.

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Organisations will be awarded for their good work with young immigrants.

The Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations (ETNO) is an expert body appointed by the Finnish Government. The mission of ETNO is to promote good ethnic relations and to function as an expert in the field of immigration policy and in development of ethnic equality. The role also includes promoting the involvement of immigrants in the society and supporting their own organisational activities. ETNO also works as a publicity agent for the idea which sees ethnic diversity as an asset for the society. ETNO has seven regional sub branches, one of them located in the Tampere Region.

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Is 60 the new 40? Questioning basic assumptions of migration and demography

In March, in collaboration with the Migration Research Centre at Koç University, MiReKoc, the Metropolis International Steering Committee met in Istanbul, which paved the way for an interesting academic conference on Migration and Demographic Change: Causes and Consequences.  The conference was organized along three panels.  The first panel was on Demography-Migration Nexus where Ahmet İçduygu from Koç University, Howard Duncan from Carleton University, Jon Simmons from the UK Home Office Science, and Peter Schatzer from the IOM gave their presentations focusing on two particular questions: to what extent do rapid population growth in the developing world combined with shrinking growth in the developed world would act as push and pull factors in international migration? And, to what extent does below replacement fertility combined with high immigration from the developing world modify population dynamics in the developed world?

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The Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU)

One of the organising partners of the Metropolis 2013 Conference in Tampere is the Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU - a Finnish acronym of the association). Among the most important and visible annual events of ETMU is the ETMU Days which have become a central forum in Finland to bring together scholars from various disciplines and practitioners to discuss questions relating to ethnic relations and international migration. Whilst year 2013 marks the establishment of ETMU a decade ago, it also signifies organising the ETMU Days for the 10th time.  This year this scientific conference is integrated as a part of the Metropolis event.

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A New “Guide to Ecological and Ethical Services in Tampere”

For every consumer interested in a sustainable way of life, a new Guide to Ecological and Ethical Services in Tampere has been released. The guide introduces different Tampere region shops, restaurants, cafés, hair dressers and hotels which offer sustainable goods and services in accordance with ethical and environmental values. In addition to the business introductions, the guide offers information on sustainable consumption, various eco-labels and fair trade. Metropolis Conference participants can benefit from this guide when getting to know Tampere and the ecological services it has to offer. Tampere aims to be an eco-efficient and an environmentally friendly city that offers its citizens and visitors alike the chance to make ecologically viable choices. The new Guide to Ecological and Ethical Services in Tampere is available for example from Tampere-Hall and from Visit Tampere Tourist Information.

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History of the Roma: Myths and hard realities

Old habits die hard – especially if one is not even aware of them. Research has shown again and again that the Roma remain the most discriminated minority in Europe. A historian does not find this surprising. The exclusion of the diverse Roma and Traveller groups has a centuries-old history, connected to the deep structures of the European societies. From late medieval times onwards, the Romani people have been  marginalised and persecuted, whether in the context of vagrancy laws, nationalism, racial doctrines, border control, or of European integration.

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Great bags

When the participants arrive at the Metropolis2013 Conference they will meet with the principles of sustainability right at the first registration desk. The organisers have ordered the participant bags that are made of recycled materials which the participants can take only if they need them to carry the conference materials.

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New openings in the cooperation between the police and social work in immigrant work

Police officers and social workers are vital actors in the integration process of immigrants. A lot of the integration work is still undertaken separately even though the authorities' tasks intersect at several points in the multicultural community. Professional requirements also increase as the society becomes more multicultural. The clientele increasingly consists of people who have a foreign language as their mother tongue and who come from a different culture. In addition, the immigrants are not always familiar with the service system in the new country. These issues create development needs and the authorities as well as third sector actors must be more able to serve clients who come from different backgrounds.

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Tampere – Big City of Smooth Living, Responsibly Leading Development

The vision of the City of Tampere by 2020 is to be a big city of smooth living which is responsibly leading development.  This responsibility encompasses a promise to develop the growing city in a sustainable way. With customer-oriented services, making environmentally responsible choices and know-how Tampere wants to become a pioneering city which offers its inhabitants the opportunity for an environmentally friendly life-style. The City of Tampere is committed to a number of ambitious climate and environmental goals and it has decided that the principles of sustainable development should be taken into account across the board by undersigning the Aalborg commitments. The Tampere region has a regional climate strategy which includes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and, according to the EU mayors’ climate commitment, the city is also committed to a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020.

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Migration, is that an ever unclear concept?

Greetings from sunny Cape Town, where I had the chance to visit for two reasons: First of all, to meet the Metropolis “family” in its Steering Committee meeting for two days and secondly, two days for facts and figures about food security in the urban areas around Africa and elsewhere.

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Introducing Study Visits: Hatanpää Family Group Home

It is late September and we are on our way to the very first Study Visit video shoot. Tampere City Cultural Affairs is in charge of the production of all the 2013 International Metropolis Conference Study Visit introduction videos. In the car, the atmosphere is nervously excited. As we pull up to a beautiful red brick building next to the Arboretum Park, we can see Lake Pyhäjärvi glistening through the autumn leaves. 

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Why do we defend free education?

The Finnish educational system is known all over the world. We have topped the PISA (OECD Programme for International Student Assessment) rankings and a large share of the population has an academic degree. It is said that education was one of the most important reasons for how our poor, small and remote country became one of the richest nations in the world. The Finnish higher education system has an international reputation as being equal, accessible and of good quality.

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University of Tampere promotes sustainable development

The University of Tampere is committed to the promotion of sustainable development and the wellbeing of Finnish and world citizens. The strategy of the University also states that it educates “visionaries who understand the world and change it”.  These may be high principles but they are backed up by concrete deeds. 

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To make things happen

It was three years ago in Copenhagen that I had my first Metropolis International -experience. During a coffee break I overheard some Finnish participants talking about the possibility of having the conference in Finland one day. The idea struck me at once as a great opportunity of enriching the debate of the Finnish immigration policy and activities. At the time I worked in the Ministry of Interior in a development project of National Integration Programme and one of my duties was to look for best practices internationally –and at the Conference in Denmark it felt as if I had found one!

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Welcome to Tampere and Metropolis 2013!

The Metropolis conference is in ten and a half months’ time! The Tampere team is very happy and proud that our city has been chosen to have the honour of hosting this highly distinguished conference.  Preparations are in full swing now, venues and menus have been chosen and the hotels booked.

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Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)