1st Edition

Immigration in the Circumpolar North Integration and Resilience

    212 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    This 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 peoples 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.

    I. Introduction

    1. Introduction: migration and ethnic challenges for the Circumpolar North

    Nafisa Yeasmin, Waliul Hasanat, Jan Brzozowski and Stefan Kirchner

    II. Youth Perspective in the Arctic

    2. The impact of superdiversity on the educational system: A mirror image of utopia or dystopia?

    Nafisa Yeasmin and Satu Uusiautti

    3. Syrian Students at the Arctic circle in Iceland

    Kheirie El Hariri; Hermína Gunnþórsdóttir; Markus Meckl

    4. Immigrant Youth Perspectives: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities in Finnish Lapland

    Ria -Maria Adams

    III. Family and Diversity Challenges

    5. Migrant Integration in Finland: Learning-Processes of Immigrant Women

    Nafisa Yeasmin and Stefan Kirchner

    6. An integral assessment of relevant perspectives of legal pluralism and the family laws of immigrants

    Waliul Hasanat, Nafisa Yeasmin and Timo Koivurova

    7. Living in Nowhere

    Juha Suoranta and Robert FitzSimmons

    IV. Human Rights and Indigenous Communities in the Arctic

    8. Embodying Transience: Indigenous Former Youth in Care and Residential Instability in Yukon, Canada 

    Amelia Merhar

    9. Cold Temperature Health Risks and Human Rights 

    Stefan Kirchner and Susanna Pääkkölä

    V. Migration and Development Issues in the Arctic

    10. Mixed embeddedness of immigrant entrepreneurs and community resilience: lessons to the Arctic

    Jan Brzozowski

    11. Migration and sustainable development in the European Arctic

    Stefan Kirchner


    Nafisa Yeasmin a doctor of Social Science and a post-doctoral researcher at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, Finland. Dr Yeasmin works under the Arctic Governance Research Group. She has been leading the UArctic thematic network on Arctic Migration. She is a distinguished member of Finnish National Ethnic Advisory Board and has been the president of Arctic Immigrant Association.

    Waliul Hasanat, LLD, is a Professor of Law and Justice Discipline in Khulna University, Bangladesh. He studied for the Doctor of Laws at the Faculty of Law in the University of Lapland, on the Arctic Council. He was a post-doctoral fellow of the China–Nordic Arctic Research Centre in the School of Law and Political Science at the Ocean University of China.

    Jan Brzozowski is an associate professor at Cracow University of Economics, Poland. His research interests include research methods in business and economics, business ethics, development of Latin America, international relations, economics of international migration, international migration, migration and socio-economic development.

    Stefan Kirchner is an associate professor at the University of Lapland, Finland. He specialized in international law. He has extensive practical experience in international law, having worked in both private practice and public administration.