In this episode of NEXUS, your host Ahnaaf talks to Professor Sari Pöyhönen from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, about her research on language, identity, and belonging among refugees and asylum seekers in Finland. The conversation covers various topics, including the attitudes of Finns towards new migrants, the role of language education in migrants' integration, language policies in Finnish public schools and the workplace, and a collaborative photography project with young unaccompanied minors in a reception center for refugees. Tune in to learn more about how language plays a crucial role in shaping our identities and sense of belonging in a new society.
The NEXUS Podcast is run by Ahnaaf & Michelle from Nexus: The Belonging Research Network! We discuss topics relating to language rights, migration, identity and so on. From the linguistic struggle of unaccompanied migrant children in Finland to the identity crisis of Hong Kong's third culture kids, we invite different guests in each episode to share their stories on belonging on our Main and Mini series.