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.

Metropolis2013 bags

The Metropolis2013 bags will be sown at the Multicultural training workshop in the Nekala parish hall in Tampere. The workshop is a place for those who come from outside the European Union through marriage or in search for work and who have lived in Finland for less than five years. read more

Migration and crisis: what the experience of Ukraine reveals

History Ukraine

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. read more

History of the Roma: Myths and hard realities

History Roma

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. read more

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. read more