My name is Matti Välimäki and I am a doctoral researcher in Contemporary History at the University of Turku and researcher at the Migration Institute of Finland. I identify as a historian/political scientist.

My research and teaching activities focus on the history of political parties’ immigration policy outlooks, public discussion on immigration and immigrants, and on the communication of nationalist-populist parties. My dissertation is at the moment in the pre-examination and it will shed light on the Finnish political parties’ views regarding immigration and immigrants from the 1970s to the 2010s. My post-doc project will examine Finnish immigration and security authorities’ discourses and practices treating migration issues as security concerns in the 1980s and 1990s and the implications thereof on providing international protection, designing reception facilities, and policies. In future, I will also be working on analysis and planning of the Baltic Sea region’s and Turku region’s immigration and integration policies.

This is my second year in the ETMU Board where I am a jolly part of the social media team. In addition to the academic wrestles, I play fixo position in futsal and center midfield in football.