Nordic-Baltic migration conference

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia, the University of Tartu and the Migration Institute of Finland invite you to attend the conference ‘Immigration to the Nordic-Baltic Region: New Challenges to the Nation States at the Age of Migration’ to be held at KUMU Art Museum in Tallinn on 31 March 2017.

Feb. 28, 2017
The Estonian Human Development Report, which this time focuses on Estonia during the migration era, is an important starting point in choosing the topics of the conference. The chief editor of the report, Professor Tiit Tammaru from the University of Tartu and the co-editor, Professor Raul Eamets of the University of Tartu have formulated the main objectives of the conference as follows: “Social scientists have been talking about the migration era for a long time. The migration crisis of 2015 propelled the subject of migration into people’s awareness and the media. Ageing Europe has been open to immigrants in recent decades, but the refugee crisis has made it obvious that migration and the associated problems have become too much. Concerns about nation states and the disappearance of habitual cultural and language environments have emerged and the openness, cooperation and integration capacity of European countries is being seriously tested. At this year’s conference we would like to discuss whether the debate related to new immigrants in Europe is a temporary period of reflection or a significant turn towards a new policy of closed doors and valuation of nation states.”

The four sessions of the conference include discussions of the refugee crisis, integration, media and the future of the nation state. There will be speakers from both Estonia and the Nordic countries. MEP Professor Marju Lauristin will talk about defining nation states during the migration era in the keynote speech of the conference.

Registration is required for the conference and is open online until 21st March at

Official conference website.

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