Ongoing projects

Migration narratives from past to the future in Europe (MINAR). 01/06/2021 - 31/05/2023

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The MINAR project aims to shed light on the past, present and future narratives on migration and the consequences hereof in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, Italy, Romania and Turkey, by approaching these narratives from a wide variety of stakeholder, migrant and non-migrant perspectives, focusing on both immigration and emigration. The objective of the project is to combine insights from existing theories in migration studies, using a gender sensitive approach and a wide variety of research methods.

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COronavirus Vulnerabilities and INFOrmation dynamics Research and Modelling (COVINFORM). 01/11/2020 - 31/10/2023

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Policymakers and public health experts unanimously recognise the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable persons: even in countries with well-developed responses, the outbreak and its repercussions imperil the basic well-being of social groups whose livelihoods are already precarious, while the uneven distribution of suffering threatens to aggravate inequality and division. One complicating factor here is the intersectional nature of health and socioeconomic vulnerabilities. Another is the complexity of risk in contemporary socioecological systems. The COVINFORM project will draw upon intersectionality theory and complex systems analysis in an interdisciplinary critique of COVID-19 responses on the levels of government, public health, community, and information and communications. The project will conduct research on three levels: 1) on an EU27 MS plus UK level, quantitative secondary data will be analysed and models will be developed; 2) Within 15 target countries, documentary sources on the national level and in at least one local community per country will be analysed; 3) in 10 target communities, primary empirical research will be conducted, utilising both classical and innovative quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. visual ethnography, participatory ethnography, and automated analysis of short video testimonials). Promising practices will be evaluated in target communities through case studies spanning diverse disciplines (social epidemiology, the economics of unpaid labour, the sociology of migration, etc.) and vulnerable populations (COVID-19 patients, precarious families, migrating health care workers, etc.). The project will culminate in the development of an online portal and visual toolkit for stakeholders in government, public health, and civil society integrating data streams, indices and indicators, maps, models, primary research and case study findings, empirically grounded policy guidance, and creative assessment tools.

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Exiled and separated: a multi-sited ethnography of Eritrean refugees and their families attempting to reunite. 01/02/2020 - 31/01/2023

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Most European states allow refugees to access a facilitated procedure to reunify with their family members. Many studies, however, high-light how issues of timing, documentation and economic resources often make family reunions extremely difficult, if not impossible. If much has been written on the obstacles faced migrants in this regard, little is known about the specific case of refugees. Through a multi-sited ethnographic study with refugees and their families, this project aims to reconstruct the complexity of power-relations, social expectations and structural impediments that impact on refugees' right to family life.

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Understand the impact of novel technologies, social media, and perceptions in countries abroad on migration flows and the security of the EU & provide validated counter approaches, tools and practices (PERCEPTIONS). 01/09/2019 - 28/02/2023

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Narratives on a "better life" that can become reality elsewhere have always been shaping human migration. The image or idea of a "promised land", however, might not be real, and newcomers are often faced with obstacles and challenges. Certain narratives and perceptions of Europe influence migration aspirations and false images can not only lead to problems when the image does not hold true, but it might also even lead to security threats, risks or radicalisation. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance to understand and investigate narratives about Europe, how these can lead to problems and threats, how they are distributed, and, in a next step, find ways to react and counteract on them. Perceptions on Europe are formed in the country of residence, and they are based on a multitude of sources. Social media and new communication networks, in addition, have increased the scope and the intensity of distribution of such narratives; and furthermore, so-called filter bubbles and echo chambers can lead to isolated misperceptions that are not corrected. Due to new communication technologies, false or incorrect claims become life on their own, raise expectations or disapproval. At the same time, however, these technologies and communication networks might also provide a channel to set an exaggerated image straight and to promote a more realistic narrative. It is, therefore, the aim of the PERCEPTIONS project to identify and understand the narratives and (mis-)perceptions of the EU abroad, assess potential issues related with the border and external security in order to allow better planning and outline reactions and countermeasures. For that purpose, the project will conduct research on the narratives and the myths that are circulating about the EU in countries West- and Central Mediterranean area. Based on the research insights, the consortium will develop a PERCEPTIONS framework model including policy recommendations and action plans.

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Migrant Integration Cockpits and Dashboards (MICADO). 01/01/2019 - 30/06/2022

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In the European HORIZON 2020 project 'MICADO: Migrant Integration Cockpits and Dashboards' (Innovative Actions), experts of public administration, academics conducting research on migration and IT developers will design an IT solution which can facilitate and support the integration of newcomers in Antwerp, Bologna, Hamburg and Madrid. The goal is to design attractive digital services for three user groups: 1) government agencies for labor, health, education and housing, 2) involved civil society organizations, and 3) migrants and refugees, by integrating both existing and new data. CeMIS will focus primarily on the organization, the design and the local implementation of co-creation workshops, which will serve as a basis for the developed tool. The result of the MICADO project will be a validated and developed app, which local city services and migrants and refugees can use to facilitate the navigation and participation of the latter group through and in the Flemish authorities and society.

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Past projects

Unveiling international environmental migration and the migration-adaptation nexus. A Belgian case-study - second phase (MIGRADAPT-2). 01/04/2018 - 15/04/2021

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First, the project will investigate the role of the environment as a driver for recent migration to Belgium. While the influence of climate, change on migration cannot be isolated; the project will rather attempt to provide an assessment on how migrants perceive the environment to have influenced their migration journey as well as how they perceive current environmental disruption in their countries of origin. Second, MIGRADAPT will seek to understand the effects of international migration on the vulnerability of the migrants' communities of origin. How and under which conditions is migration supporting the adaptation and resilience of communities affected by environmental changes?

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Current European and Cross-National Comparative Research and Research Actions on Migration (CROSS-MIGRATION). 01/03/2018 - 29/02/2020

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Migration and the characteristics which constitute its parameters, dynamics and complexities comprise one of the most paramount matters in contemporary Europe. Under these designated circumstances, the necessity of relevant, concise, and useful knowledge are prerequisites for the design of efficient and constructive policies. Although particular databases such as EUROSTAT and OECD offer valuable insights into these migratory dynamics, a comprehensive, efficient and integrative database which synthesizes, categorizes and maps out the vast analytical accounts on migration throughout Europe is non-existent. This project, bringing together 16 leading research institutions, networks and policy institutes throughout Europe, aims to proficiently fulfil this gap crucial for policy purposes through the construction of a central migration hub. This hub will be of instrumental value due to its capability to operate as a key grammar in the design of current and future policy. Essentially, it accumulates and consolidates past, present and future migration research through providing an extensive yet succinct overview of migration drivers, infrastructures, flows, and policies, allowing for an improved systematic understanding of the factors that constitute the interaction between these analytical categories.

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Research on integration and identity dynamics. 01/02/2018 - 31/01/2021

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This research project focuses on the issues of identity and integration dynamics in society in general, with a particular interest in the domains of education and the family. When urban areas, but increasingly rural areas too, are becoming more diverse, older representations of 'what binds us?' and 'who are we?' seem to become challenged. Among other issues, this research project studies which collective identities gain more or potentially less importance in highly diverse societal contexts, what might explain these identity formation processes and what their impact is on broader society.

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MO-TRAYL. 24/10/2017 - 24/02/2018

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A shortterm cooperation with the Mo-Trayl team of professor Valentina Mazzucato from Maastricht University. 'Mobility trajectories of young lives' (MO-TRAYL) is a five year research project (2017-2021) studying the relation between migration and the life opportunities of youngsters. A specific addition from the team at University of Antwerp is the focus on the identity experience of youngsters.

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Reducing youth unemployment in cities with dual learning. 01/10/2017 - 31/12/2019

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In this project we aim to look at the challenges that come with big cities such as increased youth unemployment. One way to tackle youth unemployment is 'dual learning', an education system in which youngsters receive more than 50% of their education at work. This system has several advantages. First it prepares the youngster for the labour market, gives him/her real work experience and they receive a qualification by the end of their education. On the other hand it is also beneficial for the employer, as they can train future employees and give them the valuable skills needed for the job. This project will look at the specific challenges for applying dual learning in three cities, Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. We further want to develop an international partnership to continuously share information and best practices with other cities and projects that work on dual learning and youth unemployment.

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Unveiling international environmental migration and the migration-adaptation nexus. A Belgian case-study (MIGRADAPT). 01/01/2017 - 31/08/2021

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First, the project will investigate the role of the environment as a driver for recent migration to Belgium. While the influence of climate, change on migration cannot be isolated; the project will rather attempt to provide an assessment on how migrants perceive the environment to have influenced their migration journey as well as how they perceive current environmental disruption in their countries of origin. Second, MIGRADAPT will seek to understand the effects of international migration on the vulnerability of the migrants' communities of origin. How and under which conditions is migration supporting the adaptation and resilience of communities affected by environmental changes?

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Attain cultural integration through conflict resolution skill development (ACCORD). 31/12/2016 - 31/12/2019

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The ACCORD-project (Erasmus+ programme) must be seen against the background of recent demographic evolutions within the European society, as ethno-national and socio-cultural conflicts become more prominent in everyday life. As a result educational institutions have to adapt to this newly-formed environment and social reality. It is within this context that the ACCORD project wants to provide a structured and innovative platform to help teachers in taking an active stand against all forms of discrimination and to help them dealing with diversity and possible interethnic conflicts in the classroom. To meet these goals, the project wants to create a flexible, accessible and affordable online learning tool for all teachers across Europe. The ICT-tool will combine a serious-game approach with a massive online open course to provide a creative pathway for teachers to autonomously assess and improve their intercultural competences. The content of the tool will not solely focus on enhancing the conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation skills of teachers, but also on raising their competences related to cultural sensitivity and cultural self-awareness. This two-fold approach should lead to the fostering of mutual understanding and respect among people with different ethnic-cultural backgrounds within the context of educational practices.

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Dual Learning on Pilot - An Evaluation. 01/12/2016 - 01/11/2019

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This research project focuses on the evaluation of pilot projects in consecutive empirical cycles. Using the theory based stakeholder evaluation approach, we test the programme theory behind the pilot projects and compare them to the practical experiences, insights and expectations of the various actors in the field. The research questions and the preliminary findings drawn from the administrative data are, together, determinant of the cases selection to conduct 5 cycles of qualitative research. Moreover, within the same time frame, we set up a quantitative longitudinal study involving youngsters in these pilot projects in order to collect both administrative and new survey-data.

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  • Promotor: Clycq Noel
  • Co-promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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The development of a risk-assessment monitoring tool and the professionalization of the Centre of Education of the Municipality of Ghent, to reduce Early School Leaving 'Mission Success' 01/12/2016 - 31/07/2017

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Early School Leaving (ESL) is often seen as a complex multifaceted problem, which is also the focus of the Resl.eu project. 'Operatie Geslaagd' is a project from the city of Ghent, together with CeMIS and SDL, that aims at translating the theoretical and empirical evidence on ESL into practical tools to help schools in the city of Ghent prevent ESL. More specifically, the focus lies on three separate parts. 1) School visits are used to explore together with school teams how current projects and activities help (or fail to) increase the wellbeing of the student. A matrix of different levels of wellbeing is used to map for schools where they are currently focussing on, while at the same time help them see possible discrepancies or needs. 2) A manual is written to (a) summarize the current understanding of ESL based on the most recent research on the subject; (b) Provide educational frameworks to help use datasets and instruments that schools have currently available; (c) Concretize the needs by providing three additional instruments that schools can use to help them diagnose the problem in their school. 3) Both school visits and the manual is used to finally support schools in detailing a strategy on how to tackle ESL in their school.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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CURANT - Co-housing and case management for unaccompanied young adult refugees in Antwerp. 01/11/2016 - 31/10/2019

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Within the refugee population, unaccompanied minors constitute the most vulnerable group, for which European and international standards offer care and protection. However, when these minors reach the age of adulthood (+18), they are no longer able to benefit from subsidized shelter, enrollment in reception classes, customized trainings, and the support from a legal guardian. The CURANT consortium (OCMW Antwerpen, CeMIS (UA), Atlas Inburgering en Integratie Antwerpen, Solentra, Vormingplus, Jes vzw) radically wants to break with this reality, by means of two innovations to be 'tested' on a selection of minimum 75 and maximum 135 unaccompanied young adult refugees between 2016 and 2019: 1) Co-housing with volunteer buddies (not only for reasons of shelter, but as a means to sustainable 1-on-1 integration) 2) Circular integrated individual trajectories (focused on activation, education, independent living, language, leisure, social integration and psychological counseling), with intensive follow-up by means of individual case management. As the academic stakeholder, CeMIS is in charge of the evaluation study of this social intervention.The framework for evalution is 'theory-driven evaluation' (TDE, Cheng 2015). The researchers will assess the impact of co-housing schemes and the circular approach on the integration of the target group by using a multi-method research design, including in-depth interviews, observation and survey.

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  • Promotor: Clycq Noel
  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Exploring the connections between religious education and migration: Diaspora influence over Qur'anic school attendance in Senegal. 15/09/2016 - 15/11/2016

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This project will investigate how Senegalese Qur'anic school graduates who have migrated to Europe influence the Islamic education of younger family members back home. The project will bridge disciplinary divides between religious studies, comparative education, and migration to enhance understanding of the formation of religious subjectivities and school enrolment trends in the context of transnational families. Data collection will be accompanied by a lecture and organization of a symposium leading to publications.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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The fine art of boundary sensitivity: How the second generation turns educational success into professional leadership positions. 15/07/2016 - 14/07/2017

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The thesis focuses on second-generation professionals, the social boundaries they encounter in the labour market and organisations, and how they consequently deal with these boundaries. By means of four articles, I show that social boundaries, and the exclusionary practices that are an inherent part of social boundaries, are a reality for second-generation professionals. As power processes from society at large, in which they are seen as belonging to a marginalized ethnic group, penetrate organisations, their professional position is at times overruled by their alleged societal background, resulting for instance in second-generation professionals in leadership positions facing subtle discrimination in the workplace by supervisors, same-level colleagues and subordinates alike. How second-generation professionals deal with social boundaries, is linked to both their professional position and their second-generation background. Second-generation professionals employ a strategy of "sameness and difference". They emphasize their professional sameness in the workplace in order to fit in with their predominantly native-parentage colleagues. Simultaneously, they avoid giving up parts of their identity through assimilation by keeping their differences, where it matters most to them, in place in the organisational context. Through this fine art of boundary sensitivity, second-generation professionals circumvent boundaries by being both sensitive and competent in dealing with the limitation of boundaries. This sensitivity and competence allows second-generation professionals to use their knowledge of the organization in combination with their "in-betweenness" as second-generation climbers to exert influence to bring about forms of change on behalf of their own position in the organisation, and for creating awareness in the organisation (and beyond) about taken-for-granted power that leads to and is a result of structural inequalities in organisations and society at large.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane
  • Fellow: Waldring Ismintha

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Multi-country Partnership to Enhance the Education of Refugee an Asylum-seeking Youth in Europe. 16/05/2016 - 28/02/2017

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The recent drastic rise in asylum applicants has placed increased pressure on EU Member States to develop strategies for effectively integrating new arrivals into society. Research has shown that education is one of the most important paths to the structural integration of young asylum seekers and refugees because they have particular social and emotional needs that quality education can help them overcome. The project will contribute to filling gaps in the participating countries. Each project partner will conduct desk research and field work within their country. The field work will consist of interviews with and participatory observations in reception classes and schools of three groups of refugee and asylum seeking youth: (1) those who arrived less than two months prior to the start of the project, (2) those who arrived two to twelve months prior, and (3) those who arrived at least twelve months prior. Field work will also consist of interviews/focus groups with stakeholders such as government agencies, NGOs, school administrators, teachers and social workers. The resulting analysis will identify challenges that youth face, find good practices in addressing those challenges and provide an overview of the interaction between the profile of each education system (with a focus on secondary education) and the migrants within it.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Advice and guidance for the purpose of setting up an Editorial Board for the European Toolkit for Schools. 18/03/2016 - 28/02/2017

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Setting up Editorial Board for the European Toolkit for Schools, which offers concrete ideas for improving collaboration within, between and beyond schools with a view to enabling all children and young people to succeed in school. School heads, teachers, parents and other people involved in different aspects of the school life can find helpful information, examples of measures and resource material to inspire their efforts in providing effective and high quality early childhood and school education. The aim of the Toolkit is to support the exchange of best practice and experience among school practitioners and policy makers.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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A theory-driven evaluation of the project 'Brugfiguren Intra-Europese Migratie': school mediators for Intra-European migrants in Ghent. 01/11/2015 - 01/03/2016

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The strong influx of migrants coming from Central and Eastern European countries, since the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007, poses a number of challenges for the cities which are confronted with the arrival of these groups. Within the city of Ghent these demographic changes have motivated the development of a local policy and initiatives which aim to support the integration of Intra-European migrants (IEM). Within the sphere of education, they launched a project called 'Brugfiguren Intra-Europese Migratie' (BIEM) as a methodical and organizational strengthening of the existing 'school mediator'-program, but with an explicit (not exclusive) focus on the IEM-audience. The Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) was commissioned by the city council of Ghent to evaluate this project, as it comes to a close in June 2016. The finality of this study is the identification of good practices and lessons learned regarding the use of mediators to promote the communication and collaboration between parents, the school and the neighbourhood. We do so based on the principles of theory-driven evaluation and test the theoretical assumptions about the operation of the BIEM-project (how it should work) to the daily execution and implementation in practice (how it does work). This methodology was developed in response to traditional evaluation methods, which strongly adhere to (difficult) "measurable indicators" and the one-sided focus on the achieved results. A theory-driven evaluation broadens the scope from the results to the underlying processes and takes into account the perspectives and experiences of the various parties involved. This way it becomes clear 'what' works, 'for whom' and 'under what conditions'.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Counter-currents of migration and faith: the involvement of Senegalese migrants and their children within the religious education sector in Senegal. 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2018

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In a climate of fear about Islamic radicalisation and militancy, Muslim youths, especially those who are socialised in institutions of Islamic learning, have attracted overwhelmingly negative attention. Western societies look uneasily upon youngsters from Muslim immigrant communities, and view their acquisition of Islamic knowledge with suspicion, especially if they travel abroad to study. Situating itself at the intersection of the anthropology of religion, education research and migration studies, this research explores the involvement of West African diasporas within the religious education sector in Senegal, a major hub of Islam in West Africa. Firstly, it seeks to trace how sojourns for the purpose of religious education – during school holidays or longer periods – shape how the children of the West African diaspora engage with Islam, and how they integrate such experiences once returned to the West. Through this, I hope to shed light more broadly on the challenges children of Muslim migrants to the West face in a context of growing Islamophobia and narrowing social and economic opportunities. Secondly, the project aims to generate insights into the role that diaspora involvement, in the form of funding as well as ideas, plays within the Islamic education sector in Senegal, thus furthering scholarship on the dynamics of change within Islamic educational systems in West Africa more widely.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane
  • Fellow: Hoechner Hannah

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Emirdag Intergenerational study. 07/07/2015 - 30/11/2015

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With this project we will investigate the so called zero generation – elder people whose family lives in Europe because of migration- in Emirdag, Turkey. The project collects also information on the formal and informal services and initiatives that exist in Emirdag and also in neighbouring cities to assist the zero generation. The project will also investigate how the King Boudewijn Foundation – the funding institution – can assist the Turkish diaspora in Belgium in developing initiatives for the zero generation in Emirdag.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Scientific Chair in European Values and Identities 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015

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This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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Research into new potential networks in the South Antwerp. 01/11/2014 - 31/12/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Study on self-discrimination of young immigrants in Belgium. 01/05/2014 - 31/07/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand private institution. UA provides private institution research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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A critical analysis of domestic labour mobility in the context of international sports events in Brazil. 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017

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This research project analyses the drivers, dynamics and human development outcomes of recent Peruvian low-skilled labour mobility in Rio de Janeiro in the context of the global sports events in Brazil; the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It examines within a broader framework of local, national and regional migration and development processes and policies in general and the world sporting events in particular, the extent to which this geographical mobility is leading to economic, social, or cultural mobility among migrants and their (transnational) families.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Understanding and predicting intra-European youth mobility. 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2014

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This project represents a research contract awarded by the University of Antwerp. The supervisor provides the Antwerp University research mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions stipulated by the university.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Feeding the ties with 'home': the role of the Moroccan diaspora policies in the transnational ties of the postmigration generation. 01/10/2013 - 30/09/2016

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This study aims at revealing the roots of second-generation transnationalism, by looking at the intergenerational reproduction of transnational attachments and practices. The research goal is threefold: 1) To develop an empirically grounded model explaining how and why the 1st migrants transmit their transnational attachments and practices to their children 2) to understand the agency of the 1st and 2nd generation in the development of the 2nd generations transnational ties 3) to identify intergenerational intersections between the transnationalism of the 1st and 2nd generation.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane
  • Fellow: Mahieu Rilke

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Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU (RESL.eu). 01/02/2013 - 31/01/2018

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RESL.eu aims to provide insights into the mechanisms and processes influencing a pupil's decision to leave school/training early; as well as into the decision of ESLers to enroll in alternative learning arenas unrelated to a regular school - but wherein specific creative or innovative methods of knowledge and skill transfer are used. Additionally, RESL.eu focuses on the vulnerable group of youngsters that left education or training early and are identified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). RESL.eu also aims to identify and analyze the intervention and compensation measures that succeeded in transferring knowledge and in keeping pupils in education/training, although they showed high (theoretical) risk of ESL.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Action Research 16-18 year old newcomers from third countries. 01/01/2013 - 30/06/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand EIF . UA provides EIF research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Organization of a peer review meeting in reference to the Sirius project on Education for children with an immigrant background. 01/01/2013 - 31/01/2013

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This project represents a formal service agreement between UA and on the other hand Risbo. UA provides Risbo research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Research on integration of migrant domestic workers in Belgium. 06/02/2012 - 05/02/2013

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The project aims at expanding the knowledge about the possible integration outcomes of admission and employment policies for migrant domestic workers - who are usually low skilled - and at enhancing stakeholders' capacities to identify and remove barriers for their socio-economic integration.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Research in the field of international migration and integration of immigrant communities. 01/10/2011 - 09/02/2019

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The general objective can be broken down into 5 constitutive components: (1) Interdisciplinary perspective, (2) Building up of expertise, (3) Multi-method fieldwork, (4) Internationalization, (5) Valorization. In order to convert these specific objectives into a relevant action plan, we start by evaluating the ground where they emerged from, and then determine how they can be translated into CeMIS's three research areas of (1) International Migration, (2) Integration and Social Cohesion, (3) Migration and the Development.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane
  • Fellow: Timmerman Christiane

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The influence of European student mobility on European identity and subsequent migration intentions. 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2013

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Main research objective: Develop an empirical verified theoretical model on the influence of European student mobility (ESM) within the European space on European identity and further migration behavior. Sub objectives: (a) Comprehending patterns of ESM within Europe and some specific European countries. (b) Understanding the push and pull factors of ESM. (c) Comprehending the influence of the "year abroad" on European identity and subsequent migration behaviour. (d) Define the motivational factors that influence the migration decisions of European students and comprehend their aspirations. Abstract The topic of highly skilled migration gained a lot of interest over the last decade. Students are often considered as a specific category of the highly skilled, or at least as a precursor to highly skilled migration. Nevertheless, student migration remains far understudied, either conceptually or methodologically. This PhD focuses on European student mobility, the push and pull factors, the influence of this mobility on European identity and the migration decision and aspirations of European students.

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Feeding the Ties with 'Home': The Intergenerational Transmission of Transnational Attachments and Practices. 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2013

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This study aims at revealing the roots of second-generation transnationalism, by looking at the intergenerational reproduction of transnational attachments and practices. The research goal is threefold: 1) To develop an empirically grounded model explaining how and why the 1st migrants transmit their transnational attachments and practices to their children 2) to understand the agency of the 1st and 2nd generation in the development of the 2nd generations transnational ties 3) to identify intergenerational intersections between the transnationalism of the 1st and 2nd generation.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane
  • Fellow: Mahieu Rilke

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The role of the Antwerp Diaspora in development cooperation. 01/09/2011 - 30/06/2013

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand CISO. UA provides CISO research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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From Emirdag to Belgium. 01/06/2011 - 31/03/2012

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The discerned short term objective is the better understanding of the problems related to migration to Belgium by means of family reunification, more specifically marriage migration to the Brussels Capital Region. Objectives on the middle and long term are the raising of the candidate-rnigrants' awareness about the situation upon arrival in BeIgium, the empowerment of women and the enlargement of the project activities to other countries with similar pattems of family reunification.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Civil effect integration. 01/03/2011 - 30/06/2012

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand HIVA. UA provides HIVA research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Research on family reunification in Belgium. 29/03/2010 - 15/05/2010

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Koning Boudewijnstichting. UA provides Koning Boudewijnstichting research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Imagining Europe from the outside. On the role of democracy and human rights perceptions in constructing migration aspirations and decision towards Europe (EUMAGINE). 01/02/2010 - 31/01/2013

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By means of a non-Eurocentric, theoretically and empirically sound cross-country and cross-region research design, EUMAGINE studies the impact of perceptions of human rights and democracy on international migration aspirations and decisions. Special attention goes to human rights (including women's rights) and democracy perceptions on Europe, specific European countries, and the relative popularity of Europe in comparison and competition with the US, Russia, Canada and Australia. The core idea of the project is that macro and meso level discourses on human rights and democracy influence micro level perceptions on these themes in countries of origin and transit, which in turn influence migratory aspirations and decisions.

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Brief literature review and drafting of a preliminary note on family reunification. 14/11/2009 - 15/11/2009

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This project represents a formal service agreement between the parties Universiteit Antwerpen and the Koning Boudewijnfoundation. UAntwerpen provides the Koning Boudewijnfoundation an exploratory note on family reunion under the conditions as stipulated in the present contract.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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The influence of European student mobility on European identity and subsequent migration intentions. 01/10/2009 - 30/09/2011

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Main research objective: Develop an empirical verified theoretical model on the influence of European student mobility (ESM) within the European space on European identity and further migration behavior. Sub objectives: (a) Comprehending patterns of ESM within Europe and some specific European countries. (b) Understanding the push and pull factors of ESM. (c) Comprehending the influence of the "year abroad" on European identity and subsequent migration behaviour. (d) Define the motivational factors that influence the migration decisions of European students and comprehend their aspirations. Abstract The topic of highly skilled migration gained a lot of interest over the last decade. Students are often considered as a specific category of the highly skilled, or at least as a precursor to highly skilled migration. Nevertheless, student migration remains far understudied, either conceptually or methodologically. This PhD focuses on European student mobility, the push and pull factors, the influence of this mobility on European identity and the migration decision and aspirations of European students.

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Who feels integrated? An interdisciplinary analysis of patterns of identification and participation of three immigrant groups in Flanders. 01/07/2009 - 30/06/2013

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By means of a descriptive and analytical social scientific research as well as by means of a normative political-philosophical research, this interdisciplinary research project contributes to the knowledge of strategies and patterns of integration of the members of three minority groups (Turkish, Polish and Senegalese people) in Flanders. The core questions of this project are to which extend 1) integration is (paradoxically) linked to the recognition of differences; 2) strategies and patterns of integration are being influenced by specific features of demarcation (religion, ethnic and racial features, immigration history).

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School, younsters, parents and neighbourhood: partners in the creation of an optimal school career. 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2012

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This project proposal is driven by seven central aims. (1) to give an overview of the educational situation of migrant youth in Flanders, especially in Antwerp, Ghent and Genk; (2) to give an overview of the school career of all pupils of the second grade of secondary education in the selected cities (Antwerp, Ghent and Genk); (3) to study the impact of the individual socio-psychological factors on the school career; (4) to study the impact of the proximal processes in the family, the school, the peer groups and the neighbourhood on the school career; (5) to study the impact of the distant processes in the broader socio-cultural, political and economic context on the school career; (6) to contribute to the development of a better informed and balanced educational policy; (7) to contribute to local capacity building in the concerned schools and organisations.

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Right to education for children without legal residence. (UCARE) 01/11/2008 - 28/02/2010

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Despite multilevel attention for the right to education of undocumented children, field practitioners complain about the lack of knowledge on the educational situation of undocumented children and indicate that existing measures are not al-ways adequate. There are no reliable data on the number and characteristics of this group. Moreover, the few studies that have attempted to make estimations fail to inform us on group heterogeneity. As intra-group differences will have a direct impact on the barriers experienced by schools, children and parents, and on the conditions for implementing a more effective policy, it is vital to collect more detailed quantitative data. Further, despite the increasing number of field studies focusing on certain subgroups of undocumented migrants both abroad and in Belgian society, there are few available studies dealing specifically with the topic of educational processes. This project seeks to add on existing knowledge. Target population is restricted to elementary schools for reasons of feasibility and be-cause research shows the determinant effect of cumulated inequalities during primary schooling.

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The influence of European Student Mobility on European Identity and subsequent migration behaviour. 01/10/2008 - 30/09/2009

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Main research objective: Develop an empirical verified theoretical model on the influence of European student mobility (ESM) within the European space on European identity and further migration behavior. Sub objectives: (a) Comprehending patterns of ESM within Europe and some specific European countries. (b) Understanding the push and pull factors of ESM. (c) Comprehending the influence of the "year abroad" on European identity and subsequent migration behaviour. (d) Define the motivational factors that influence the migration decisions of European students and comprehend their aspirations. Abstract The topic of highly skilled migration gained a lot of interest over the last decade. Students are often considered as a specific category of the highly skilled, or at least as a precursor to highly skilled migration. Nevertheless, student migration remains far understudied, either conceptually or methodologically. This PhD focuses on European student mobility, the push and pull factors, the influence of this mobility on European identity and the migration decision and aspirations of European students.

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Study concerning the factors that limit boys and men of foreign origin while choosing a partner. 01/07/2008 - 28/02/2009

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In this research the influencing factors on the process of partner choice and the marriage of Turkish, Moroccan an Sikhs men are examinated. There's chosen for the two largest migrant groups in Belgium; these are men of Moroccan and Turkish origin. The choice for the Sikhs ensures that the focus on religion is removed as an explanatory factor on the process of partner choice. Moreover it is a recent migrant group about whom there's only a restricted research material available in Belgium. In contrast to literature about partner choice which is focused on arranged and obliged marriages, this issue is widely examined. Three possibilities are taken into consideration, a marriage with an autochthon woman, with a woman belonging to the same ethnic cultural group in Belgium and a woman living in the country of origin. Literature study was combined with quantitative and qualitative research methods in order to formulate an answer. This investigation was conducted in the period 1 July 2008 up to 1 march 2009.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Feasability study training Muslim frame works. 15/12/2007 - 31/08/2008

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Realisation of research possibilities into the trajectory of former applicants for regularisation.(ROUTE) 01/09/2007 - 31/08/2009

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Project Viona. 01/04/2007 - 30/09/2007

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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A study into the labour market situation of Polish migrants in Belgium. 01/01/2007 - 15/09/2007

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane

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Interpretations if Islam as levers for the emancipation of Muslim Women. 01/01/2006 - 31/12/2009

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This research reveals to us that social change is occuring in Muslim communities in relation to the position of women. In debates on transnational religion and migration, the emphasis has thus far always been on male migrants who are active in religious and political movements. The present research project focuses on women and their role in the development of new relationships within Sunni Islamic orthodoxy, a topic that is also relevant to the shaping of opinions on Islam.

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  • Promotor: Timmerman Christiane
  • Co-promotor: Spee Sonja

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New migration and migrants in Belgium. 01/12/2005 - 30/11/2008

Family reunification: quantitative and qualitative analysis of trends and profiles. 01/10/2005 - 30/11/2006

Evaluation of the substantive and financial aspects of the Flemish integration policy. 15/12/2004 - 30/11/2006

Scientific, logistical and administrative preparation and implementation of the summer program: "Faith-based Radicalism : Christianity, Islam and Judaism between constructive activism and destructive fanaticism". 01/12/2004 - 31/12/2006