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  • Dhalmann, Hanna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    Ethnic minorities residential patterns and integration are widely discussed issues in many European countries. They have also become topical in Finland due to an increase in foreign migration, especially in recent decades. This dissertation contributes to debates associated with attempts to explain ethnic minorities residential patterns by examining the role of cultural factors and ethnic preferences of the residential choices of Somali and Russian immigrants in Finland. The research is based on in-depth interviews with Somali (n=24) and Russian (n=26) immigrants living in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Housing officials and social workers (n=18) working in cities of Helsinki and Vantaa were also interviewed. The results of this study show that propinquity to one s own ethnic group is important to Somalis living in Finland. This is important for maintaining their traditional, communal life styles, but also as a safe haven against the racism which they experience on a regular basis. They have a preference for mixed neighbourhoods that contain both native Finnish residents and some ethnic minorities. For Russians the spatial propinquity to their country people is less significant at the neighbourhood level. However, this is not to indicate the insignificance of intra-ethnic networks or one s cultural background. Rather, the differences in ethnic preferences between Somalis and Russians predominantly reflect their varying levels of exposure to racial harassment and diverse meanings that they give to social relations with their neighbours. According to this study, the time spent in a host-country and interactions with other ethnic groups affect ethnic preferences. The importance of one s own ethnic community also varies in accordance with life situations. Therefore, ethnic minorities residential preferences and choices should not be viewed as static or something deriving from cultural background alone. Residential preferences and aspirations are constantly being reshaped vis-à-vis to immigrants experiences. Past and present experiences and the way that immigrants observe the host society and its functions are important for the interpretation of residential preferences and patterns.
  • Vilkama, Katja (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    This thesis critically examines the patterns and processes of ethnic residential segregation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (HMA). These phenomena are examined in two main ways: a) between the native and immigrant populations and b) the extent to which different immigrant groups are sharing the same neighbourhoods. The main aim of the study is to test the extent to which the theoretical claims of the selective migration processes can explain the development of ethnic residential segregation in HMA. The data is mixed: it consists of neighbourhood-level statistics related to the migration, demography and housing stock. The selective migration flows are analysed within and between neighbourhood-types, defined on the basis of the percentages of foreign-language-speakers. For contextual purposes, the study also includes fifteen expert interviews who work within the housing sector. Firstly, the results show that, from the early 2000s the patterns of ethnic residential segregation have strengthened while the differences between neighbourhoods have grown. On a more general level the HMA can be divided into two main areas: some eastern and north-eastern neighbourhoods that have experienced the rise of immigrant concentrations and; the northern, north-western and southern parts of the HMA, where the number and percentages of immigrants have remained relatively low. However, within the eastern and north-eastern neighbourhoods there are also discernable internal differences that reflect the income levels of the inhabitants and the type of housing stock. The results also show that, the existing immigrant concentrations are ethnically and culturally mixed and thus qualitatively different from China town and Little-Italy enclaves of single groups of immigrants. Secondly, the results show that there are clear signs of the selective migration processes of the native and immigrant populations which have resulted in the discernable development of ethnic residential segregation. Migration flows of the native population have gravitated towards neighbourhoods, where the percentage of immigrants is below the HMA average. This has resulted in significant migration losses for neighbourhoods with established and developing concentrations of immigrants. Meanwhile, migration of immigrants has been drawn to neighbourhoods where their percentages are above the HMA average. However, the results also point to clear differences in the migration and spatial patterns of different immigrant groups. The spatial selectivity of migration is, thus, more prominent amongst the native population than when compared with immigrants. Overall, the results indicate that the reproduction of the selective migration flows of the native and immigrant populations will largely determine HMA s future development of ethnic residential segregation.
  • Sarparanta, Mirkka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    Poor biopharmaceutical properties such as low solubility and low permeability in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract plight many existing drugs and new chemical entities, presenting an impediment for efficient drug therapy. Incorporation of the drug to a delivery system based on a nanostructured material is increasingly investigated as a strategy to overcome these limitations and to achieve controlled and targeted delivery. Porous silicon (PSi) is a promising material for carrier-mediated drug delivery because of its biocompatibility, high chemical stability, and facile elimination from the body. Moreover, the physicochemical properties of PSi can be tailored by variation of the fabrication parameters and surface modifications to suit diverse payloads. Positron emission tomography (PET), a sensitive and quantitative method of molecular imaging, is a potent tool for drug delivery system development. Already at the preclinical stage PET can be employed for the investigation of drug delivery carrier biodistribution in vivo, thereby facilitating the selection of the most promising material candidates for further development and future drug delivery studies. In this dissertation, a direct nucleophilic radiolabeling method with a short-lived positron emitter fluorine-18 (18F) was developed for three different surface-modified PSi materials: thermally hydrocarbonized PSi (THCPSi), thermally carbonized PSi (TCPSi), and thermally oxidized PSi (TOPSi). Out of the investigated materials, nanosized [18F]THCPSi emerged as the one with the highest potential for imaging and drug delivery in terms radiolabeling yield, label stability, and biocompatibility in cell models in vitro, and was therefore forwarded to biodistribution studies in rats. After oral administration, [18F]THCPSi nanoparticles were shown to pass intact through the GI tract in 4 to 6 hours. Modification of [18F]THCPSi with a self-assembled layer of a fungal hydrophobin (HFBII) changed the hydrophilicity of the material bringing about bioadhesive properties that promoted gastric retention of the protein-coated nanoparticles. Intravenous delivery of [18F]THCPSi nanoparticles resulted in their rapid accumulation to the liver and spleen alluding to rapid immune recognition and removal of the particles from the bloodstream by macrophages of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). HFBII-coating of the nanoparticles altered the adsorption of plasma proteins to the particle surface, which translated also to a change in the biodistribution pattern in vivo. In conclusion, the present work establishes 18F-radiolabeled particle tracers as useful means for the evaluation of new PSi-based drug delivery systems with PET.