ABSTRACT

This chapter presents some perspectives and preliminary results of an ongoing study of post-World War II Finnish immigration to the Swedish pulp and paper industry. It focuses primarily on Lessebo, a small industrial community in the south of Sweden, which is dominated by a paper mill. The chapter also focuses on migration from a semiperipheral state to a core state. This means that migrants move from a semiperipheral political culture to a core state with a totally different political culture. Both Hugo Ukkonen and Seija Ukkonen eventually engaged themselves in different union and political organizations in Lessebo. Hugo Ukkonen became the Finn representative within the Paper Workers union local. Immigrants from Finland, Greece, and Yugoslavia had ethnic representatives within this local, while other earlier immigrant groups from Austria, Denmark, and Germany never had such representatives. Sweden experienced labor migration after World War II, when a significant number of immigrants came from semiperipheral countries such as Finland.