Inequalities of Mobility: Relatedness and Belonging of Transnational Families in the Nordic Migration Space

The project ‘Inequalities of Mobility: Relatedness and Belonging of Transnational Families in the Nordic Migration Space’ (TRANSLINES, 1 September 2015–31 December 2019) studies the manifestations of inequality in the everyday practices of transnational families and investigates the various strategies used by families that encounter many different kinds of hierarchies. Inequality characterises transnational networks, and it is especially prominent in multilocal families.

The multidisciplinary research studies transnational families in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as those in Eastern Europe. The study is multidisciplinary (social and public policy, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural geography, ethnology, folklore) and the research group is international: the researchers represent all of the countries studied. The main method is ethnography (participant observation, in-depth interviews and photography). The research group also utilises innovative and inclusive methods, such as storycrafting, analyses media material, and implements an online survey.

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland, and Professor of Social and Public Policy Laura Assmuth D.Soc.Sc., from the University of Eastern Finland acts as the project leader and the researcher responsible for the project. Other members of the research group include:

Senior Researcher Darius Daukšas, Lithuanian Institute of History

Senior Researcher Marit Aure, Centre for Women's and Gender Research (Kvinnforsk), the Arctic University of Norway

Post-doc Researcher Marina Hakkarainen, Department of Anthropology, European University at St. Petersburg

Post-doc Researcher Aija Lulle, Migration Research Centre, University of Sussex

Post-doc Researcher Airi Markkanen, Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland

Early-stage Researcher Anca Enache, doctoral student (social and cultural anthropology), University of Helsinki

Early-stage Researcher Agnese Bankovska, doctoral student (social and cultural anthropology), University of Helsinki

Early-stage Researcher Pihla Siim, doctoral student (folklore), research assistant, University of Eastern Finland and the University of Tartu

Early-stage Researcher Keiu Telve, doctoral student (ethnology), University of Tartu.