At a conference 'Migration and Demographic Challenges in the Nordic-Baltic Region' in Tallinn on 7 & 8 March, 2013, experts and researchers will explore the challenges and possibilities that lie within population developments in the region -Â in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Â Free movement of people is one of the fundamental rights of the European Union. It gives people the freedom to study, work, establish a family, foster their skills and broaden their horizons in other countries. Migration and the movement of labour are contributing to the development of and cooperation between the Nordic countries and the Baltic States. Studies have also shown that the population in the region is rapidly aging, while the Baltic States also have to contend with the widespread emigration of working-age people. This is the result of the 1980s generation reaching an age at which they are seeking to migrate, the different levels of well-being between countries in the region and the more profound effect of the financial crisis on the Baltic States compared to the Nordic countries.As such, immigration from the European Union and other countries is a reality that the Nordic countries have to adjust to. Migration is a dynamic process about which there is a lack of information and cooperation between research establishments and in regard to which a common policy could be adopted in terms of population change in the Nordic countries and Baltic States. As such, the 'Migration and Demographic Challenges in the Nordic-Baltic Region' conference is designed to provide an overview of studies into migration and movement of labour in the region.
The conference venue is Kumu art museum in Tallinn. The working language is English. The event is free of charge but registration is required by 1 March.
More information: www.norden.ee/en/regional-cooperation/population-development"