London Metropolitan University Research Institutes
 

Reviewing the construction of current migration discourse through the use of a multi-disciplinary mailing list

Author(s) Lestinen, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
Strong immigration to Finland has challenged academic and other expert communities in many fields to produce and share topical new knowledge on issues related to migration, multi-culturality and diversity. This study focuses on current migration discourse as it is shaped in an interdisciplinary manner on an electronic forum. This mailing list of nearly 900 subscribers is maintained by a multidisciplinary research society. It is considered a major forum for information dissemination and discussion concerning the issues of ethnic relations and migration in the country. The data consists of 176 messages sent via the mailing list over a nine-month period in 2011-2012. Content analysis is used in identifying from the data the major features of migration discourse. This discourse is also explored and discussed in the light of the findings of the latest Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX, 2011) with respect to Finland. Keywords: migration, research, discourse, mailing list, Finland
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