Role of Social Ties in Long-Term Settlement of Highly Skilled Migrants in Finland

Authors

  • Niina Kotavaara Geography Research Unit
  • Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola Geography Research Unit, P.O. Box 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v20i4.3195

Keywords:

highly skilled migration, social ties, long-term settlement, ICT, Finland.

Abstract

Highly skilled migrants are often assumed to move from place to place at low thresholds, following the best job offers and easily integrating into new host societies. This study problematizes these as-assumptions and provides empirically based knowledge on the integration of highly skilled migrants working in the ICT sector in Finland, with a particular focus on social relations and plans for long-term or permanent settlement. The study investigates migrants’ social relations in their work environment and free time, taking into account the role of migrant communities as well as families and relatives in Finland and abroad. Finland forms an interesting research context because of its linguistic isolation, remoteness and increasing interest in attracting highly skilled migrants. The investigation adds evidence on the central role of social ties in migration decisions and long-term settlement of highly skilled migrants.

 

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Published

2023-07-26

How to Cite

Kotavaara, N. ., & Prokkola, E.-K. . (2023). Role of Social Ties in Long-Term Settlement of Highly Skilled Migrants in Finland . Migration Letters, 20(4), 88–96. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v20i4.3195

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Section

Special Dossier: Ethnic Minorities in The North