FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on immigration, foreigners and racism.

There are also many datasets that contain individual questions and variables which are potentially useful to researchers of the subject. The data archived at the FSD can be downloaded free of charge from Aila Data Service, according to the conditions set for each dataset.

Please note that below is listed only a sample of all data available at the Data Archive and we encourage you to use keyword search more datasets on the subject on Aila. In addition, datasets suitable for research on the theme may be found from other European data archives by using CESSDA Data Catalogue (Opens in new tab).

Questions and variables of quantitative datasets that have been fielded in English or translated at the FSD can be explored by browsing through Aila variable search. If a quantitative dataset has not yet been translated, you can request a translation free of charge. Qualitative data are only available in their original language. Where applicable, all related materials are freely accessible on the study description page of each dataset.

Datasets on the theme

FSD3652 Forced Migrants' Experiences of Family Reunification 2018-2020
This dataset consists of 38 interviews with people who migrated to Finland as refugees or asylum seekers. Main themes of the interviews included the interviewees' experiences of the family reunification process as well as their everyday life in their home country and in Finland. 30 of the interview transcripts are in English and 8 in Finnish.

FSD3441 Child-up: Survey for Children and Young People 2019
The survey charted the experiences of children and young people regarding language skills, multilingual communication, and success at school. The data were collected as part of the Child-up research project, which aims to enhance understanding on the experiences of migrant children, young people, and their guardians regarding school, pre-school, and educational communities, as well as the experiences of the professionals working with them. Data were collected in Finland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Poland, and Great Britain.

FSD3434 PROMEQ: Health and Well-being of Immigrants 2017-2018
The survey charted immigrants' social participation, mental and physical well-being, use of social and health services, experiences of discrimination, and attitudes towards work. The two surveys were conducted in English.

FSD2359 Finnish Attitudes towards Immigrants 2007
The study investigated Finnish attitudes towards foreign job seekers, refugees, and immigrants of five different nationalities.

FSD2354 International Students in Finnish Universities 2007
The objective of the survey was to find out how international students in Finnish universities experience their level of integration in the academic community and Finnish society, and to examine the factors influencing the integration.

Datasets elsewhere

People interested in finding data on immigration, foreigners and racism should also take a look at data available at other data archives around the world.

In Finland, the Language Bank of Finland (Opens in new tab) also provides services to researchers and archives audio and video material. Research data produced in Finland may also be searched via the Fairdata.fi Etsin (Opens in new tab) . Services of various European social science data archives can be accessed through the website of CESSDA (Opens in new tab) . The UK Data Service (Opens in new tab) has, among other things, a wide variety of excellent qualitative data. Another good source of data is the German GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Opens in new tab) . The extensive holdings of the American ICPSR (Opens in new tab) are also well worth searching.