About NMR

The Nordic Migration Research (NMR) is an international non-profit organisation of individual and institutional members. It was founded during the Nordic Migration Research conference in Bergen in November 2007 and the board had its inaugural meeting in January the following year.

The NMR board consists of three board members and one substitute each from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The NMR Office is located in the institute of the chairman, and alters between the four countries with a four-year interval. Board members and the location of the secretariat is elected by the General Assembly that takes place every second year in conjunction with the Nordic Migration Research Conference.

The objectives of the association are regulated in the NMR statutes. These are:

a) Stimulate and promote comparative Nordic scientific research on migration and ethnic relations, to promote the formation of closer research networks among Nordic researchers, institutions and research projects, and to support individuals seeking to visit other institutions as guest researchers for shorter periods of time.

b) Increase awareness of NMR-related issues and research results in the public debate in the Nordic countries and in a global context.

c) Provide support for scholars embarking on this field of research.

d) Promote collaboration concerning education at the Master and PhD levels.

e) Organize and support conferences and courses with the capacity to contract with local organizers to whom the organization can confer all powers and liabilities, and

f) Publish a Nordic, English-language scientific journal.

NMR is the owner of Nordic Journal of Migration Research (NJMR) that was established in 2011, and every second year it organises the Nordic Migration Research Conference together with a local host.

The NJMR is a continuation of the Norsk tidsskrift for migrasjonsforskning (English: Norwegian Journal of Migration Research) (2000–2009) and the Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration (2006–2010). It is a double-blind peer-reviewed, open access international journal that is free of cost for both authors and readers.

The Nordic Migration Research Conference was initiated by the Nordic Migration Research Network in the 1980s. Since 2009, as the network had developed into an association, it is the NMR that organises the Nordic Migration Research Conference. The conference alternates between Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and the selection of the host institution is made by the board.

NMR Secretariat and Board Members 2023–2024

In the General Assembly 2022 Zachary Whyte was elected Chair of the NMR.
Vice-chair Sayaka, treasurer Saara Koikkalainen.
For the period 2023–2026 the Center for Advanced Migration Studies at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen in Denmark hosts the NMR secretariat.


Rashmi Singla

Roskilde University

Tamirace Fakhoury

Aalborg University

Zachary Whyte

University of Copenhagen – SECRETARIAT


Quivine Ndomo

University of Jyväskylä

Saara Koikkalainen

Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

Elina Turjanmaa

University of Oulu


Justyna Bell

NOVA/Oslo Met

Kari Anne Drangsland

University of Bergen/IMER

Ursula Småland Goth

NLA University College


Klara Öberg

Halmstad University

Sayaka Osanami Törngren

MIM, Malmö University

Oksana Shmulyar Gréen

CGM, University of Gothenburgh



Sara Lei Sparre

VIVE – The Danish Center for Social Science Research


Miika Tervonen

University of Helsinki


Astrid Espegren

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS


Election Committee

Ninna Nyberg Sørensen

Danish Institute for International Studies

Marja Tiilikainen

Migration Institute of Finland

Marie Louise Seeberg

NOVA/Oslo Met

Andrea Spehar

CGM, University of Gothenburg