07.05.2015

Transforming professional integration

Responsible researcher: Professor Sari Pöyhönen

Post-doctoral researchers: Dr Anu Hirsiaho (till the end of June, 2012), Dr Tatjana Rynkänen (CALS), Professor Mirja Tarnanen (Department of Teacher Education), Dr David Hoffman (IER), Professor emerita Marilyn Martin-Jones (University of Birmingham)

Duration: 2011 - 2014

Funding: Academy of Finlandi

Description

The purpose of the project is to critically re-assess the roles and interplay of language proficiency, multilingual and multicultural practices and identities in working age migrants’ integration to Finnish work and professional communities.  In addition, the significance of education paths regarding employment and connections between education and working life are explored. In the project, integration is examined from both migrants’ and natives’ perspectives in three focal settings:

  1. settings in which migrants are preparing to participate in employment and professional communities,
  2. settings in which migrants have successfully entered employment and professional communities and
  3. settings in which migrants have been marginalized from employment and professional communities and they have given up their aspirations to integrate into these communities.

The main research questions of the project are:

  1. What is the role of language proficiency, multilingual and multicultural practices, and identities in integration in and between distinct settings?
  2. How are language proficiency, multilingual and multicultural practices, and identities manifested, constructed and evaluated within these settings?
  3. How are language proficiencies, multilingual and multicultural practices, and identities in local settings bound up with wider social structures?

For more: http://integration.jyu.fi