Abstract

Finnish emigration was and still is typically labor-based. Temporariness and higher education are two characteristics of contemporary Finnish emigration. Modern Finnish emigrants can be called expatriates. This study focuses on the adjustment of Finnish expatriate families and the family resources available to them. Research data were gathered by an online survey questionnaire completed by parents (N = 202) who had repatriated to a large city in Finland. One-fourth of the families (n = 44) had lived in North America. The main finding concerning family resources was that social support within the family itself was the most substantial resource in expatriation. Finnish expatriate families had few problems in North America. Clearly, the number of problems in North America was significantly lower than in other continents in terms of local culture, climate, language proficiency, and transportation. North America emerges as an excellent host continent for Finnish expatriate families.

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