Beyond Borders

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TUE 17.9. 5 pm

Immigration is often perceived as figures and expenses, while immigrants themselves are considered either a threat or victims. At Think Corner, we adopt an approach that is not limited to statistics and extremes. What kind of knowledge can be gained from being a refugee and living without a nation of one’s own? And what kind of effects do immigrants and their experiences have on the regions where they end up? For instance, what changes can be perceived in administrative practices, identities, economy and inter-societal boundaries?

The different aspects of immigration are discussed by Elisa Pascucci, Magdalena Kmak, Anna-Liisa Heusala and Teemu Pauha. Pascucci’s and Kmaki’s talk is in English, while Heusala and Pauha will have their talks in Finnish.

The event is part of Think Corner’s Crazy World series which looks for causes and solutions to an unequal and divided world. Take part on the spot, follow the livestream or watch the video recording!


Anna-Liisa Heusala, Elisa Pascucci, Magdalena Kmak, Teemu Pauha.

Anna-Liisa Heusala, Magdalena Kmak, Elisa Pascucci, Teemu Pauha


Anna-Liisa Heusala is a senior lecturer at the Aleksanteri Institute, a Finnish centre for Russian and East European studies. She is interested in changes in public administration and legal cultures, the shadow economy and the social impact of migration. In her research, Heusala is fascinated by the impact of migration and the shadow economy on human security in the country of destination and, consequently, the development of the rule of law in the country. Tip for reducing inequality: “Employment based on normal wage conditions and other terms and conditions of employment.”

Magdalena Kmak is an associate professor in minority studies at Åbo Akademi University as well as team lead and university researcher in the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and European Narratives (EuroStorie) at the University of Helsinki. Kmak is doing research within the framework of migration and minority studies, with socio-legal and critical disciplinary perspectives. She is inspired by the possibility to rethink the law not only as something that restricts and regulates but also as something that enables and creates new openings. Tip for reducing inequality: “Respect fundamental rights of migrants and refugees.”

Elisa Pascucci is a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and European Narratives (EuroStorie) at the University of Helsinki. She is researching the politics and economies of humanitarian aid, particularly aid to people who fall under the definition of ‘refugee’. Most of her research focuses on the Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East. In her research topic, Elisa is inspired by contributing to the recognition of the global need for mobility justice. Tip for reducing inequality: “Humanitarian and development interventions in poor countries almost never prevent or stop migration, and they should not be conceived and implemented with that purpose.”

Teemu Pauha is a postdoctoral researcher in the Religion, Conflict and Dialogue Research Centre at the University of Helsinki. As a psychologist specialised in the psychology of religion, he studies religious behaviour, such as religious identity and relations between religious groups. Pauha is fascinated by the complex relationships between society and religion: “Finland is often considered a secular country but religion is evident in a multitude of ways in society.”