In 2021, the three-year international project “Live? Work? Or Leave? Youth well-being and viability of (post) mining Arctic industrial cities in Russia and Finland”, supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and the Finnish Academy of Sciences, will be completed.
On the part of Finland, the project participants were the Arctic Center (Rovaniemi), on the Russian side – the North-Eastern Federal University. M.K. Amosova (Yakutsk) and Petrozavodsk State University (Petrozavodsk).
The target group of the study were young people aged 15 to 29 years from three industrial cities of the Russian and Finnish Arctic: Neryungri, Aldan, Khandyga (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)), Novy Urengoy (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug), Kirovsk, Kovdor, Revda (Murmansk region), Kemijärvi, Kolari, Pyhäjoki (Finnish Lapland).
The choice of cities was associated both with the geographical location of settlements (western, central and eastern parts of the Arctic zone of Russia) and with the socio-economic situation in single-industry towns.
The research results are presented in a monograph to be published this year, as well as in scientific articles. The Arctic Center website contains recommendations for employing companies, educational organizations, and state and municipal authorities.