Last Friday, the Ministry of Culture discussed the upcoming integration monitoring program with participants from the private sector, the non-profit sector and public universities. The project will map the state of ethnic integration in Estonia, providing a base for understanding attitudes and ideologies prevalent in Estonian society and data for planning further action.
The project, one of the largest of its kind, will be conducted in cooperation with scholars from Tartu University, the think tank Praxis, and TNS Emor, one of the country's largest survey companies. The study, scheduled for Fall 2011, will be the first one since 2008.
The monitoring project will survey issues of education, labor market, civic identity, cultural openness and informational awareness. In addition, the integration of new immigrants into the labor market and attitudes towards civic participation will be analyzed.
The results of the monitor will be presented in the beginning of 2012 and they can be used for formulating legislation, projects, initiatives, informational campaigns and the new integrational development plan for 2014-2020
The project will involve top scholars who are well known for their work on integration, including Marju Lauristin and Triin Vihalemm from Tartu University, as well as analysts from Praxis, and TNS Emor.