The Institute of Baltic Studies, EUMARGINS research partner in Estonia, held in September 2009 a symposium and strategic seminar together with PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies. PRAXIS is one of the leading policy research institutes in Estonia. During the event, EUMARGINS' objectives and research activities were introduced and discussed among the participants of the seminar.
Judit Strõmpl, from the EUMARGINS research team in Estonia, held the presentation "How it is to be an 'other' in Estonia?" at a seminar about racism and ethnocentrism entitled 'The world is not just black and white'. In her presentation, Mrs. Strõmpl referred to some preliminary results from EUMARGINS' data collection in Estonia.
People with immigrant background constitute approx. 30% of Estonia’s population; in the capital Tallinn the proportion is higher (40%). Most are ethnic Russians, the other ethnic groups also use extensively Russian as their mother tongue. This immigrant community was formed during the period of Soviet Union when accelerated forced industrialisation took place based on a largely immigrant labour force.
On January 20 and 21, 2010, representatives for all the seven national teams of EUMARGINS met in Tallinn in Estonia for a 2-days project meeting. A main theme for the meeting was planning of the forthcoming analytical process of the 30 interviews with young adults of immigrant backgrounds from seven contexts, all together a collection of more than 200 in-depth interviews. The research group will write a book that includes the voices of this large variety of people with different immigrant background residing in Europe.