Migration, Mobilities and Internationalization (miGroup)

Demystifying and Debunking ‘Lessons from Finland’ and ‘Lessons for Finland’

miGroup was formed in 2015 by researchers focused on widening gaps in literature, knowledge, policy and practice(s) that arise from uncritical thinking within education and are explained mainly by 20th century unquestioned assumptions. Blind spots within education are starkly evident when 21st century demographic realities connected to migration, mobilities and internationalization are examined in a critical light. This is especially clear with respect to Finland’s historical legacy of inclusion, access, social mobility and equality experienced across the general population. miGroup’s research, teaching, and engagement is aimed squarely at the complexities of demographic challenges within society currently outpacing educator’s awareness and understanding of who is included in Finland’s education system – and who is not. The objectives of miGroup include:

  • Critically examining the structural and cultural possibilities and limitations of 21st century migration, mobilities and work/life integration driven by global higher education policy;
  • Advancing a critical approach, modes of inquiry, and methods aimed at investigating migration, mobilities, and internationalization within education that manifest in wider society;
  • Developing policy analysis and briefing material for government ministries and stakeholders throughout Finnish, Nordic, and European society;
  • Identify, train, and connect scholars of migration, mobilities, and internationalization in order to strengthen the next generation of students, scholars and specialists in this area.
  • miGroup facilitates the trans-disciplinary master's thesis seminar: Contemporary Contested Complexity in Education
  • Hoffman, David - Docent, Senior Researcher, FIER, Co-Team Leader
  • Saarinen, Taina - Docent, Senior Researcher, CALS, Co-Team Leader
  • Aarnikoivu, Melina - Doctoral Student, CALS, Team Communication Specialist
  • Kärkkäinen, Katarzyna - Postdoc(toral) Master’s Thesis Seminar Co-coordinator
  • Ndomo, Quivine - Doctoral Student, Master’s Thesis Seminar Co-Coordinator, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Ramamoorthi, Bhavani - Doctoral Student, Master’s Thesis Seminar Co-Coordinator, Institute of Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education and Psychology


  • Ballo, Anduena - Doctoral Student, Faculty of Education and Psychology
  • Cheng-Yu Pan - Doctoral Student, Faculty of Education and Psychology
  • Ennser-Kananen, Johanna - Post-doctoral researcher, CALS
  • Habti, Driss - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland
  • Khan, Jawaria - Doctoral Student, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • Korhonen, Sirpa - Doctoral Student, Faculty of Humanities, Intercultural Communication
  • Lehtomäki Elina - Professor, Global Education, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu
  • Mathies, Charles - University Research Fellow, FIER
  • Moate, Josephine - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Teacher Education
  • Mäkelä, Sanna-Maaria - Department of Teacher Education
  • Niemi, Christine - Master's student, Educational Leadership / Sales and Marketing Assistant at Firstbeat Technologies Ltd.
  • Okkolin, Mari-Anne - University Teacher, Department of Education
  • Sahradyan, Sonya - Doctoral student, CALS
  • Siekkinen, Taru - Project Researcher, FIER
  • Stikhin, Anatoly - Doctoral Student, Faculty of Education
  • Weimer, Leasa - Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships & Iniatives, Fulbright Finland Foundation