Print page
Open invitation to international integration conference

‘My Home, Our Home: What Unites Us in a Multicultural Community’
15 & 16 November 2018 | Tallinn
Radisson Blu Sky Hotel (Rävala pst 3)


Everyone is invited to this two-day conference, which will bring together internationally recognised experts, policy-shapers, scientists and visionaries in the field of integration from Estonia, elsewhere in Europe and around the world. As part of panels and workshops they will discuss key issues in integration, come up with solutions and share best practice.


  • The keynote speaker will be David Laitin (USA), a professor of political science at Stanford University, who with his colleague Professor Jens Hainmueller heads up the Immigration Policy Lab ( He has published a number of books, including Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad (1998), which analyses the identity of the Russian-speaking population in the post-Soviet era in Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
  • Also speaking at the conference will be Keith Banting, the head of public policy studies and professor of political science at Queen’s University in Canada, who was one of the developers of the Multiculturalism Policy Index and is an expert on public and social policy in Canada and the OECD countries.
  • Human Library creator Ronni Abergel from Denmark will likewise be speaking at the event. The Human Library format is one in which people ‘lend out’ their own stories in lieu of books.
  • Representing Estonia will be Eva K. Ponomarjov, who is responsible for the ‘Superheroes’ project, which enables girls between the ages of 13 and 17 to work together and gain knowledge of the world of business and enterprise. This knowledge later helps them make an informed choice as to what they want to do in life. The project is targeted at girls in order to boost equality on the labour market. The working language of the project is English, enabling girls from different backgrounds to take part.
  • Olga Proskurova from Latvia is involved in the Aktis Strategy project and was part of the team that launched the Baltic Media Accelerator (BMA). The BMA is designed to assist new and existing media companies in creating content for a pan-Baltic audience (including Russian-speaking viewers).
  • Yves Breem (France), an analyst with the International Migration Division Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the OECD, will also be speaking at the conference.

Take a look at the programme and register here.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

The working language of the conference will be English, with simultaneous interpreting into Estonian and Russian. The event will also be broadcast live online at


Additional information:

Olga Loitšenko

Uuringute valdkonnajuht

+372 659 9853