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Description of research and teaching

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Helsinki) explores in her current study the inclusion of migrants into working life. The objectives are two-folded: firstly, the aim is to analyse integration education programs’ “best practices” aimed at worklife inclusion of adult migrants into the Finnish and Canadian labor markets. Secondly, the aim is to develop a worklife integration model based on these best practices which will be pilot tested within the partner education programs. For students integrating in a country’s minority language, this integration into institutions of the national minority is of additional importance as the dominant environment is generally constructed around the majority language.

In her previous study she explored Filipino labour migrants’ inclusion to the Finnish labour market and their transnational ties back home. She analysed the role of social resources and networks in the lives of the migrants and their family members still living in the Philippines. Her study was part of the Academy Finland project ‘Transnationalism as a Social Resource among Diaspora Communities’. Saksela-Bergholm has planned and taught BA- and MA-level courses in migration studies.

She has studied migrants’ participation and inclusion to the receiving society by focusing on the following topics: the role of migrant associations; local and transnational practices; migrants’ access to informal and formal social protection; migrants’ access to labour market. In addition, she has acted as an expert for UNHCR, NGOs, national and local advisory boards.

External positions

Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

1 Nov 2019 → …

Fields of Science

  • 514 Sociology
  • Immigration
  • integration
  • labour migration
  • organisational sociology
  • Sociology
  • 520 Other social sciences
  • 517 Political science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2002 2019

Migrant Capital as a Resource for Migrant Communities

Saksela-Bergholm, S., Toivanen, M. & Wahlbeck, Ö., 2019, In : Social inclusion. 7, 4, p. 164-170 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

Open Access

Welfare beyond Borders: Filipino Transnational Families’ Informal Social Protection Strategies

Saksela-Bergholm, S., Dec 2019, In : Social inclusion. 7, 4, p. 221 231 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Liens contraignants et interdépendants entre la Finlande et les Philippines: les transferts réciproques au sein des familles philippines transnationales

Translated title of the contribution: Bonding and Binding ties between Finland and the Philippines: Reciprocal Remittances in Filipino Transnational Families Saksela-Bergholm, S. M., Jun 2018, In : Migrations société. 30, 172 (2/2018), p. 119-132 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Transnational Bonding: Social Ties and Resources Among Filipino Families

Saksela-Bergholm, S. M., 2018, p. 827. 1 p.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract

Open Access

Projects 2010 2021

Activities 2011 2019

BELSPO Federal Science Policy

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (Consultant)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Kritisk social inkludering

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (Speaker), Tobias Pötzsch (Speaker)
8 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Creating Informal Social Protection among Filipino Transnational Families

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (Speaker)
28 Apr 201930 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Anju M. Paul

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (Host)
8 Apr 201920 Apr 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

The Challenge of a Global Sociological Imagination

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (Member of organizing committee), Peter Henry Holley (Chair of organizing committee), Pierluca Birindelli (Member of organizing committee)
19 Mar 201820 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Filippinsk arbetskraftsinvandring, TV-Nytt 22.5.2017

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm


1 Media contribution

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Invandrarnätverk efterlyses i Jakobstad

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm


1 Media contribution

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Utländska städare utnyttjas

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm


1 Media contribution

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SocKom Informerar 2/2011

Sanna Saksela-Bergholm


1 Media contribution

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