30 years of integration: success stories, challenges, and unused opportunities

Svetlana Ridala (PhD) defended her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Essays on Language Skills and Labour Market Outcomes’ at Tallinn University of Technology. She is engaged in the expansion of the Net Promoter Score platform at recommy.com beyond Estonia. Furthermore, she has embraced a new personal challenge of integrating Russian-speaking children into Estonian society by teaching mathematics in Estonian to 12th form students at the 21st Century School (Kool 21. Sajandil), where she is also the deputy head teacher. Among her scientific interests are aspects of economic success related to foreign language knowledge, wage gap as well as the significance of contextual factors in the usefulness of linguistic skills based on socioeconomic, institutional and ethnolinguistic elements.

Conference programme

30 years of integration: success stories, challenges, and unused opportunities


Moderator – Eva-Maria Asari

The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the conference schedule.


9.00-9.30 Registration, morning coffee

9.30-10.00 Opening of the conference, opening remarks

10.00-12.00 Speeches and panel discussion on theoretical approaches in integration research. Moderator – Ave Lauren (European Migration Network, Estonia).

  • Adrian Favell (University of Leeds, UK) “Integration, Colonialism and the Modernist Development Paradigm”
  • Lea M. Klarenbeek (EMMA, Holland) “Conceptualizing integration: a relational approach”
  • Raivo Vetik (Tallinn University, Estonia) “Dialogical relationalism in conceptualizing the notion of ‘integration’”
  • Aija Lulle (Loughborough University, UK) “Unneeded, unwanted: disrupting taken for granted measures of integration”

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Panel discussion “20 years of research. Integration monitoring”. Moderator – Kristjan Kaldur (Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia).

  • Marju Lauristin (University of Tartu, Estonia)
  • Raivo Vetik (Tallinn University, Estonia)
  • Triin Vihalemm (University of Tartu, Estonia)
  • Kats Kivistik (Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia)

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.30 Youth discussion on integration. Moderator – Sigrid Solnik (SpeakSmart, Estonia)

18.00-21.00 Reception


8.30-9.00 Registration, morning coffee

9.00-11.00 Speeches and panel discussion on integration processes in European countries. Moderator – Justyna Frelak (ICMPD, Austria)

  • Inese Šūpule (University of Latvia, Latvia) “Integration processes in Latvia since 1991: Survey Based Analysis”
  • Giedrė Blažytė (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania) “Migration in Lithuania: changing migration patterns and response to them in the three decades since 1991”
  • Pasi Saukkonen (City of Helsinki Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics unit, Finland) “Making one from many: integration of immigrants in Finland”
  • Birgit Glorius (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany) “Integrate us first!”: Integration and Diversity Development in Re-Unified Germany

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-13.20 Speeches and panel discussion on challenges to integration. Moderator – Aet Kiisla (Narva College of the University of Tartu, Estonia)

  • Gianni D’Amato (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) “Discrimination, the True Challenge to an Inclusive Society. A View from Multicultural Switzerland”
  • Siiri Silm (University of Tartu, Estonia) “Ethnic differences in people’s activity space based on mobile positioning data”
  • Svetlana Ridala (TalTech, Estonia) “Language Skills and Labour Market Outcomes”
  • Justyna Frelak (ICMPD, Vienna)

13.20-14.00 Lunch

14.00–15.00 Political debate between Estonian politicians. Moderator – Neeme Raud (journalist, Estonia)

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