Transnational migration and development go hand in hand. People migrate to new countries but their ties to the communities or nations may remain. An increasing number of people belong to two or more countries simultaneously and they can influence all of them.

The Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT) and the Migration Institute of Finland (MIF) will organize the seminar Interconnections between Transnational Migration and Development at the University of Tampere on September 5 and 6, 2017.

The seminar addresses questions and issues concerning various aspects of interconnections between transnational migration and development from interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral perspectives. The discussion aims to approach these issues from the viewpoints of experts from universities, public administration, NGOs and the media. The keynote speakers are Dr. Maruja M.B. Asis (Scalabrini Migration Center, the Philippines) and Professor Rupa Chanda (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India).

Although many questions related to development are linked to people's transnational movements, researchers focusing on development and migration often work separately. Moreover, although the last decade has seen a significant shift in thinking about the interconnections between migration and development, scientific and policy debates have been polarized. It is no wonder, therefore, that many questions related to development implications of transnational migration are insufficiently conceptualized.

Key questions to be discussed in the seminar include: What are the (real or potential) development impacts of transnational migration on individual people and countries of origin and/or destination? Does development in the country of origin reduce or increase migration?

The two-day seminar includes keynote speeches from two international speakers, a panel discussion, and workshops. The first day of the seminar is open to the public and the second day workshops are for invited guests only. The event is free of charge.

The workshop is a part of the project Century of Migrations (2017–2018), funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and coordinated by the MIF. The project's partner organizations are TRANSIT at the University of Tampere, the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku, and the Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU).


Tuesday, September 5
Virta building (Åkerlundinkatu 5), Room 109

09.30–10.15 Professor Rupa Chanda:Development Dimensions of Migration and Diaspora Policy in India
10.30–11.15 Dr. Maruja M.B. Asis: In Search of Pathways to Migration and Development: The Philippine Experience
11.30–13.00 Lunch
13.00–15.00 Panel Discussion on Development Impacts of Transnational Migration

Chair: Dr. Mari Korpela (University of Tampere)
Dr. Maruja M.B. Asis (Scalabrini Migration Center, the Philippines)
Prof. Rupa Chanda (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India)
Marjo Mäenpää (Finn Church Aid (FCA))
Marko Ulvila (Siemenpuu Foundation)
Prof. Pirkko Pitkänen (University of Tampere)
Researcher Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (University of Helsinki)
Dr. Marja Tiilikainen (Migration Institute of Finland)
Researcher Tiina Vaittinen (University of Tampere)

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For more information, please contact:

Prof. Pirkko Pitkänen, University of Tampere (pirkko.pitkanen(at) or
Century of Migrations Coordinator Kaisu Issakainen, Migration Institute of Finland (kaisu.issakainen(at)

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