The Research Project


As a result of globalization and increased international mobility in the European Union, including Finland, more and more individuals migrate to work in other countries, either as a long-term solution or for a defined period of time. Labour migrants are seen by many countries as a means of replacing aging populations in different sectors of the labour market, such as construction, health and public services. In addition, the European Union strives to attract international professionals to improve its competitiveness in technology, communication and other highly specialized areas. Besides encouraging the migration of highly skilled professional into the EU, the Union itself, in its various bodies, is an important employer of international professionals. In this report, we analyze the integration of international highly skilled professionals working at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The expatriate experience of employees working at agencies such as the ECHA differs from the situation of the business executives often discussed in management literature on expatriates. New and increasingly complex forms of labour migration pose a challenge to receiving countries, which aim not only to attract work migrants but also to keep them.

The report presents the results and insights produced from the InterProF project (Factors Ensuring Integration among International Highly Skilled Professionals in Finland) conducted at the Department of Social Psychology (University of Helsinki) and funded by the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Ministry of Education.

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