Moroccan Migration in Belgium

More than 50 Years of Settlement

Edited by Christiane Timmerman, Nadia Fadil, Idesbald Goddeeris, Noel Clycq, and Karim Ettourki, introduction by Christiane Timmerman, Nadia Fadil, Idesbald Goddeeris, Noel Clycq, and Karim Ettourki, and contributions by Sam De Schutter, Albert Martens, Emilien Dupont, Bart Van de Putte, John Lievens, Frank Caestecker, Jonas Wood, Layla Van den Berg, Karel Neels, François Levrau, Nicolas Van Puymbroeck, Rilke Mahieu, Norah Karrouche, Anna Berbers, Leen d’Haenens, Joyce Koeman, Jürgen Jaspers, Wim Peumans, Philip Hermans, Bert Broeckaert, Stef Van den Branden, Chaïma Ahaddour, Mieke Groeninck, Iman Lechkar, and Goedele Baeke

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First volume in the new series CeMIS Migration and Intercultural Studies
Moroccans are one of the largest and most debated migrant groups in Belgium. Moroccan Migration in Belgium analyses diverse facets of this community from a multidisciplinary perspective and addresses the most relevant and some underexposed topics in the rapidly developing field of migration studies. Combining various academic disciplines and different research methods, the book offers a panoramic introspection into the dynamic nature of migration studies in general and Moroccan studies in particular. The contributions of established academics and young researchers will not only appeal to scientific peers working on this domain, but also to teachers, social workers, policy advisors and other interested people who work from close or afar with this minority group.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Chaïma Ahaddour (KU Leuven), Goedele Baeke (KU Leuven), Anna Berbers (University of Amsterdam), Bert Broeckaert (KU Leuven), Frank Caestecker (Ghent University), Noel Clycq (University of Antwerp), Sam De Schutter (Leiden University), Leen d’Haenens (KU Leuven), Emilien Dupont (Ghent University), Karim Ettourki (KADOC-KU Leuven), Nadia Fadil (KU Leuven), Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven), Mieke Groeninck (KU Leuven), Philip Hermans (KU Leuven), Jürgen Jaspers (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Norah Karrouche (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Joyce Koeman (KU Leuven), Iman Lechkar (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/KU Leuven),  François Levrau (University of Antwerp), John Lievens (Ghent University), Rilke Mahieu (University of Antwerp), Albert Martens (KU Leuven), Karel Neels (University of Antwerp), Wim Peumans (University of the Witwatersrand), Christiane Timmerman (University of Antwerp), Layla Van den Berg (University of Antwerp), Stef Van den Branden (KU Leuven), Bart Van de Putte (Ghent University), Nicolas Van Puymbroeck (University of Antwerp), Jonas Wood (University of Antwerp)
Christiane Timmerman, Nadia Fadil, Idesbald Goddeeris, Noel Clycq & Karim Ettourki

Part 1: Research and context
1. Social sciences and Moroccan migration in Belgium 
Christiane Timmerman
2. The study of Islam and Moroccan migration in Belgium 
Nadia Fadil
3. Historical research on Moroccan migration in Belgium
Karim Ettourki, Sam De Schutter & Idesbald Goddeeris

Part 2: Movement and settlement 
4. Moroccan migration in Belgium’s labor policy and labor market 
Albert Martens
5. Partner migration in the Moroccan community. A focus on time and contextual evolutions 
Emilien Dupont, Bart Van de Putte, John Lievens & Frank Caestecker
6. Household division of labor and family formation among Moroccan couples at the turn of the 21st Century 
Jonas Wood, Layla Van den Berg & Karel Neels

Part 3: Politics and policy 
7. Towards a comprehensive integration policy: a critical analysis of how social imaginations underpin Flemish integration policies 
Noel Clycq & François Levrau
8. Moroccan migration and its (unique) pattern of self-organizations? Comparative reflections on Antwerp and Ghent 
Nicolas Van Puymbroeck
9. The shifting Moroccan policy paradigm regarding the integration of MRE’s (Moroccans Living Abroad): reconciling transnationalties and migrant integration 
Rilke Mahieu, Christiane Timmerman & Nadia Fadil

Part 4: Identity and ethnicity 
10. Becoming Berber: ethnicity and identity politics among Moroccans in Belgium 
Norah Karrouche
11. Fluctuating identifi cations among second-generation Moroccans in the Netherlands and Belgium: looking beyond personal experiences via social network analysis
Anna Berbers, Leen d’Haenens & Joyce Koeman
12. Migration and language use at school: an ethnographic close-up 
Jürgen Jaspers
13. Same-sex sexualities and Belgian Moroccan communities 
Wim Peumans

Part 5: Religion and devotion 
14. Struggling with the Jinn: Moroccan healing practices and the placebo effect 
Philip Hermans
15. How do Moroccan Muslims in Belgium deal with death and dying? 
Bert Broeckaert, Goedele Baeke, Stef Van den Branden & Chaïma Ahaddour
16. Islamic knowledge and pious becoming among Moroccan Muslims in the region of Brussels 
Mieke Groeninck
17. The power of affective encounters and events: why Moroccan Belgian Sunnis become Shia
Iman Lechkar

About the Authors

Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF

388 pages

b&w illustrations

ISBN: 9789461662569

Publication: February 28, 2018

Series: CeMIS Migration and Intercultural Studies 1

Languages: English

Stock item number: 118660

Christiane Timmerman (†) was professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp.
François Levrau has obtained his PhD in social science at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) and is currently a postdoctoral assistant at the Centre Pieter Gillis, University of Antwerp.
Idesbald Goddeeris is professor of colonial history at the research unit MoSa (Modernity and Society, 1800-2000), KU Leuven. Idesbald Goddeeris is hoogleraar koloniale geschiedenis aan de KU Leuven.
Karim Ettourki is a consultant for the heritage of ethnic-cultural minorities at KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre of KU Leuven, and staff member of Archiefbank Vlaanderen.
Leen d’Haenens is full professor in communication science at the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven.
Nadia Fadil is associate professor at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC) at KU Leuven.
Noel Clycq is research professor at the research group Edubron of the department of Training and Education Studies at the University of Antwerp. He studies issues of diversity and identity and the governance of learning in an era of globalization.

Rilke Mahieu is FWO-aspirant bij het Centrum voor Migratie en Interculturele Studies (CeMIS) aan de Universiteit Antwerpen.

Despite its flaws, 'Moroccan Migration in Belgium' is definitely a good reference work for those interested in guest worker migration and especially in the fortunes of the generations that have settled in Western European countries such as Belgium. Especially for Belgian migration scholars, it is a good collection to have in one’s library. Even though the quality of the chapters is uneven, and their focus is mostly on the situation in Flanders, they all provide a useful starting point to dive deeper into the state-of-the-art of this burgeoning field.
Jozefien De Bock, TSEG/ Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 15(4), pp.140–142. DOI:

'Moroccan Migration in Belgium' n'en demeure pas moins pour autant un ouvrage de référence, nécessaire et accessible, que l'on peut conseiller à tous les lecteurs intéressés par cette question.
Mazyar Khoojinian, Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis 2019 2-3