Corresponding editor Nafisa Yeasmin and conference coordinator Kalle Autti. Photo: Arto Vitikka

New book and a conference reflect on the future of the Arctic human population from the perspective of immigration

15.9.2020 10:09

Recently published book “Immigration in the Circumpolar North: Integration and Resilience” explores interconnected issues of integration and resilience among both immigrants and host communities in the Arctic region. It examines the factors that inhibit or enable the success of immigrants to the Arctic and the role of territoriality in the process of integration. Multiple authors from the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland have contributed to the book and its corresponding editor is researcher Nafisa Yeasmin.

The book showcases a variety of perspectives on circumpolar immigration and includes insights from eight Arctic countries as well as thirteen ‘observer countries’ such as China, India, Singapore, Poland, Germany, France and Japan. It considers the solidarities and engagements of indigenous and other local people with the new coming immigrants and refugees, and the impact of immigration on the economic and societal life in the Circumpolar Arctic.

The book will be of interest to researchers, teachers, professors, policymakers and others interested in migration issues, Arctic issues, international relations, law, and economic integration.

As a continuation to the work related to Arctic migration, it is appropriate to ask the question: Who would be the future people of the Arctic? This question will be further examined in the conference “The Future of the Arctic Human Population: Migration in the North”. The conference is organized as an online event on 29–30 October 2020. All international Arctic and non-Arctic actors, researchers and policymakers are warmly welcome to attend the conference.

The conference is organized by the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in cooperation with UArctic Thematic network on Arctic Migration and several partners.

– As the Arctic region is facing severe demographic, environmental and economic challenges, we need new points of view regarding what the future of the arctic human population may look like, says Nafisa Yeasmin, corresponding editor of the book.

Registration for the conference is open. Link to the sessions will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the conference.

Information about the program can be found from the conference website: 

Immigration in the Circumpolar North: Integration and Resilience
Edited by Nafisa Yeasmin, Waliul Hasanat, Jan Brzozowski, Stefan Kirchner
Routledge, 2020

More information:

Nafisa Yeasmin, Researcher, Project Manager
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
+358 40 484 4256

Kalle Autti, Conference coordinator 
+358 (0)40 6598002