The InterProF project (Factors Ensuring Integration among International Highly Skilled Professionals in Finland) is a research project with the dual aim of describing the integration and adaptation processes of international professionals working at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, Finland, and pointing out key challenges in the relocation process both before and after moving to Finland. The project was conducted at the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Helsinki.
The establishment of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki provided a fruitful opportunity to study the factors influencing the integration and adaptation of foreign-born international professionals, as well as those with Finnish roots, to Finnish culture and society. This type of study is important to undertake since globalization and increased international mobility in the European Union have led to more individuals migrating to work in other countries, either as a long-term solution or for a defined period of time. Besides encouraging labour migration of highly skilled professional into the EU, the Union itself, in its various bodies, is an important employer of international professionals. Therefore, the information and insights gained from this research have very important real-life implications that can aid in the adaptation process.