Data on Immigration, Foreigners and Racism
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This web page presents examples on survey data on immigration, foreigners, racism, and working and studying abroad archived at the FSD. There are some datasets concentrating exclusively on immigration, foreigners or racism, and several datasets that contain variables related to the topic. For the most part, the data chart general attitudes and opinions of the public, but there are also surveys that examine the immigrants' own experiences.
All quantitative datasets archived at the FSD have study descriptions in English. More detailed information on the variables of each dataset can be found in the codebooks attached to each survey. However, there are codebooks in English only for those datasets which have already been translated into English. More datasets are translated on request.
The data archived at the FSD are freely available for research and teaching purposes. More information on how to order data. There is also a list of links to other information sources related to immigration research at the bottom of the page.
European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial multi-country survey series which collects comparable data from over 20 nations. The repeated core module includes questions on politics, political participation, trust in institutions, and immigrants.
World Values Survey (WVS) series charts social values and attitudes in almost 100 countries. The surveys include questions on immigration.
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) collects information on the activities and social opinions of citizens annually in various continents. The theme of the survey varies every year, and in 1995 and 2003 it has been national identity. These datasets contain questions on immigration, immigrants and foreigners.
» FSD2040 ISSP 2003 : National Identity II
» FSD0121 ISSP 2003 : National Identity II : Finnish Data
» FSD0111 ISSP 1995 : National Identity
Eurobarometers are financed by the European Commission and are carried
out simultaneously in the European Union member countries. Some of the collected data include questions on immigration, working abroad, foreigners, and racism.
EVA Surveys on Finnish Values and Attitudes are biennial surveys studying changes in Finnish attitudes. The data in the series contain questions for example on foreign workers in Finland. In addition, the 2000 survey (FSD1087) includes several questions on the status of foreigners, immigrants, and refugees in Finland.
Also take a look at other FSD survey series. For instance, Development Cooperation Surveys have charted Finnish attitudes towards the development cooperation of Finland, and its importance, contents, objectives, level, and allocation.
- FSD2592 Finnish Youth Survey 2010 Some of the main themes in the survey were immigration and racism, and national identity. The data contain variables investigating attitudes toward immigration and immigrants as friends.
- FSD2474 Degree Programmes in English in Finnish Universities of Applied Science 2009 The survey focused on the experiences of Finnish and foreign students studying on degree programmes in English in universities of applied sciences in Finland. Some questions were only asked from the foreign students.
- FSD2354 International Students in Finnish Universities 2007 The objective of the survey was to find out how international students in Finnish universities experience their level of integration in the academic community and Finnish society, and to examine the factors influencing the integration.
- FSD2359 Finnish Attitudes towards Immigrants 2007 charted the Finnish attitudes towards welcoming foreign job seekers and refugees. The respondents' views were also probed on Estonians, Russians, Poles, Chinese and Somalians moving to Finland.
- FSD2099 Finnish Youth Survey 2005 focused on themes such as standing out and being different. The data contain variables that charted the attitudes of Finnish young people towards different immigrant groups and cultural tolerance.
- FSD2100 Survey of Foreign Students in Five Finnish Universities 2005 charted reasons for immigration to Finland, adjustment to Finnish society and university life, basic income and future plans among foreign degree students.
- FSD2541 Immigrants in Southeast Finland 2003 studied integration, education, employment, and language skills of immigrants living in less densely populated areas in Finland.
- FSD1269 Foreign Students in Finland's Higher Education Institutions 2002 probed foreign students' experiences on studying in higher education institutions in Finland.
- FSD1145 Life Values 1997 studied the respondents' values. The data contain statements on immigrants.
- FSD1111 Finnish Citizens' Attitudes towards Foreigners 1996 studied Finnish citizens' attitudes towards immigration, foreigners and refugees.
- FSD1221 Attitudes towards Internationalisation in Oulu 1996
- FSD1146 Schoolchildren and Europe 1993 canvassed Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian schoolchildren's awareness of the European Community and attitudes towards internationality and foreigners.
The surveys listed on this page are only a small sample of all data related to immigration, foreigners and racism archived at the FSD. It is therefore worthwhile to search the FSD's data catalogue, also by keywords. See also the search instructions.
ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. A unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organisation, with over 500 member colleges and universities around the world. The FSD provides ICPSR data for free to users living in Finland. In addition, the FSD provides data from European data archives to users living in Finland.
» CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) portal, a gateway to many kinds of surveys at data archives throughout Europe.
Below are listed only a few of the many websites related to immigration, foreigner and racism research. The link lists on these pages lead to numerous information sources related to the topic.
» Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, CEREN, University of Helsinki
» Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration, ETMU
» Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University
» Finnish Immigration Service
» Institute of Migration
» Statistics Finland