FINNISH MIGRANTS’ LANGUAGE

Before starting teaching in this new fall semester, I visited the Institute of Migration in Turku, Finland. I worked in the archives of the Institute, going through a number of letters that the Finnish migrants in South America had written, as well as recordings of more recent documentary films about the utopian communities Colonia Finlandesa in Misiones, Argentina, and Villa Alborada, in Paraguay.

My research visit was part of a new visits program the Migration Institute has recently put up. Every year they invite Fellows of their program to visit Turku and the archives and to lecture about the various sides of migration. The talks are video recorded and available online. Mine can be found here.

ETA_0276The Finnish community in Villa Alborada, Paraguay, at the time the number of migrants was the highest (Institute of Migration archives)

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