Abstract

Systems of communication and media are an important area of mobilities research. Because of the digitalization of media and changes in other social institutions, mobility and migration are not only stimulated by the media, but also people who are on the move and who settle in new locations are affected by transnational and overlapping digital spheres, which relate them both socially and emotionally. Transnational media use produces communities, belongings, and ideascapes that transcend national borders. This article focuses on the intersection of migration and media use in contemporary digitalized societies, namely in Finland. We examine the multifarious ways in which Russian-speakers in Finland use and engage with media in their daily lives. Russian-speakers are targeted for information influence from their country of origin, and they perceive Finnish and Russian mainstream media as conflicting. The article elucidates these phenomena by identifying the factors that engage Russian-speakers with Russian media in this situation and how Russian-language media in Finland have responded to this development. We also present some insights on how the involvement of Russian-speakers in the Finnish mediascape can be developed. The article is based on the findings of the research project titled “Finland's Russian Speakers as Media Users,” which was implemented in 2015–16.

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