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The Regional Centre of Ostrobothnia


The Regional Centre was opened in Peräseinäjoki in October 1994. In spring 2011 the Centre moved to the centre of Seinäjoki city.

The primary task of the Regional Centre is to collect and store research material on migration in Ostrobothnia. The Centre also promotes research on migration and ethnicity and publishes material related to it. The Regional Centre also maintains an open research library focused on its line of activities and provides information services, e.g. assists with the Emigrant Register. The Centre organizes different courses, lectures and other activities related to migration. The Regional Centre documents and researches both the history and the present-day of migration and so aims to anticipate developments and challenges the future might hold.

The Regional Centre collects and stores both written and audio-visual material on migration. The material of interviews and recollections can be found in either written or in audio-visual format. The material is recorded in the collections of the Regional Centre and the material bank is available for researchers, for free. The actual, physical collection of artefacts is directed to the collections of the Migration Institute of Finland in Turku.

The Regional Centre is administered by a regional manager. Besides him there is clerical staff, and project researchers and other temporary staff when necessary. 

The finances for the Regional Centre come mainly from the Ministry of Education and Culture, the city of Seinäjoki and the Regional Cooperation Council of Seinäjoki. Centre has as its cooperation partners other organizations of the region interested in migration and the Finnish Emigrant Museum. In 1996, in order to support the functioning of the Centre, was founded an advisory council with representatives such as the subregions of the provinces of South Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia as well as regional councils.  A board with representatives from South Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia and Peräseinäjoki was founded in 2000 to support the functioning of the Regional Centre. Officially the Centre is administered by the Migration Institute of Finland.

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