The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) is a multidisciplinary association of Finnish researchers, established to promote research in this field in Finland. For this purpose, the Society will arrange conferences and edits a scientific journal covering this sphere of interest.
Finnish research on ethnic relations and international migration has been growing very quickly since the 1990s, when immigration to Finland began a rapid increase. Research in this area has been taking form and now in the early 2000s it is already being carried out in several scientific fields.
The Syreeni Research Program (2001-2003), funded by the Academy of Finland, for the first time gathered together a broad spectrum of researchers working in this area. Partly on the basis of Syreeni the need arose to found a scientific society promoting research in this field that could then align itself with other civic organizations. The first steps in this direction were taken in October 2002 in conjunction with the Nordic Migration Conference held in Helsinki, when with Annika Forsander acting as the initiator, a group of interested people gathered together to discuss the issue.
During the winter of 2002-2003 a group of interested researchers met several times and made preparations for founding the society. The Society was founded in the House of Sciences in Helsinki on June 2nd, 2003.