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.

ETMU’s central aim is to promote multidisciplinary research on ethnic relations in Finland. Ethnic relations are defined broadly to encompass research on international migration, multiculturalism, societal diversity, racism, nationalism, immigrants and immigrant integration, citizenship, national minorities, refugees, and other related topics.

To fulfill its purpose, ETMU promotes communication and cooperation between researchers, universities, research institutes and other interested parties. ETMU´s other tasks are to promote education, bridge Finnish and international researchers and promote public debate on the questions in ETMU’s remit. In addition to the annual ETMU Days, ETMU contributes to increasing knowledge on the issues related to its mandate by participating in publishing a Nordic scientific web-journal (Nordic Journal of Migration Research (NJMR) and a popular scientific blog (ETMU blog) on ETMU’s website (www.etmu.fi). ETMU also organizes seminars and meetings to activate debates on current issues.

Despite its character as a scientific association, ETMU has placed a lot of emphasis on co-operation with actors with practical and policy-making tasks in the area of ethnic relations and international migration. Accordingly, one of the important aims of ETMU has been strengthening exchanges of views and links of co-operation among academic experts, authorities, policy-makers and practitioners. 

The integration of the 10th ETMU Days with the 2013 Metropolis Conference to be held in Tampere is a unique opportunity for ETMU to develop further ETMU’s international networks and deepen co-operation with various actors in the area. ETMU has already found the cooperation with the international Metropolis organisation and domestic organisators the most rewarding and is very much looking forward to the actual event in September. We believe that ETMU’s already existing own networks as well as established and widely recognized status as an expert organisation for their part provide the Metropolis organisation with valuable assets to enable particularly addressing developments and challenges in the area of ethnic relations and international migration not only in Finland and other Nordic States but more broadly in Europe.

On behalf of ETMU we wish you all welcome to the Metropolis Conference and the ETMU Days of 2013 in Tampere.

Sari Hammar,
Ph.D., member of the ETMU Board,
ETMU’s liaison person in the Finnish Metropolis Organisation Committee

Merja Pentikäinen,
LL.D., ETMU Chair 

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)