Migrants’ Informal Learning and Education in Transnational Family Space

Pauliina Alenius
  • Nordic Journal of Migration Research, March 2018, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/njmr-2018-0007

Migrants' everyday learning in families across borders

What is it about?

This study examined migrants’ everyday learning and informal education in families in transnational environments. The data included 98 interviews with people who had migrated from Estonia to Finland or who were transmigrating between these two countries. According to the results, families and kinship networks provided informal learning environments for migrants and non-migrants. The key social learning processes related to constructing ethno-national identities through shared social practices, adopting different cultural traditions, and also transnational brokering through exchanges of ideas and artefacts. Informal education was connected to passing cultural traditions and stimulating language learning of children.

Why is it important?

There are only a few studies which have examined informal learning of migrants in families and across borders.


Pauliina Alenius (Author)
University of Tampere

I combined transnational and socio-cultural learning perspectives in the analysis which also makes this unique.

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