However, profiency in Finnish and immersion into the local and regional culture is important for many immigrant workers if not for obtaining a job, for keeping one and for participation. Experiences of “making it” in Finnish and feelings of belonging support successful integration into the region. This is an especially important goal in regions like South Ostrobothnia that are losing population – and skilled labour – while the average age of population is increasing.
The project sheds light on the possibilities and challenges in the demand and supply of courses on Finnish language and culture in a region that is said to be the most Finnish-speaking corner of the world.
Funding: City of Seinäjoki (1.9.2019-31.1.2020)
Contact: Postdoctoral Researcher Henna Jousmäki (email@example.com)