Petrozavodsk University launched an international study of migration flows in the Arctic

The university will present a picture of four types of migration in five countries.
The Arctic Demography Index project of Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) received the status of a project at the site of the Arctic Council, the chairmanship of which will pass to Russia in 2021. In cooperation with the universities of Norway and Canada, the Russian university will present a picture of four types of migration in 19 Arctic territories of five member countries of the international organization.

The three-year project to study the peculiarities of migration in the Arctic received support from the council along with two other Russian projects from Yakutia and the joint work of Yamal and MIPT. PetrSU experts, together with colleagues from the Norwegian Nord University (Boudé) and the Canadian University of Laval, Quebec, study four types of migration flows: labor, educational, holiday migration and migration of retirees. Experts will identify the main sources of the labor force arriving from abroad, the reasons for the outflow of young people and, conversely, their return for jobs and high northern salaries. The project will touch upon the issues of recreation: where and how the residents of the Arctic territories spend their long northern vacations, as well as the peculiarities of migration from the north after retirement.

The project should also result in a website where it will be possible to get acquainted with the entire volume of Arctic Demography Index data, including demographic indicators that are poorly represented in national statistics.