Migration and Integration in Flanders

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Christiane Timmerman, Noel Clycq, François Levrau, Lore Van Praag, and Dirk Vanheule, preface by Godfried Engbersen, and contributions by Christiane Timmerman, Noel Clycq, François Levrau, Lore Van Praag, Dirk Vanheule, Gert Verschraegen, Kenneth Hemmerechts, Sanne Van de Pol, David De Coninck, Falke Tibax, Ward Nouwen, Anneloes Vandenbroucke, Steven Groenez, Rut Van Caudenberg, Edith Piqueray, Didier Boost, Joris Michielsen, Dries Lens, Ive Marx, and Sunčica Vujić

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Thought-provoking insights on the nexus of migration and integration beyond the national context
Across the world, and due to ongoing globalisation, migration is increasingly becoming a part of daily life. But more than ever, migration can no longer be viewed as a simple linear trajectory from A to B. The emergence of transnational communities and intense interactions between regions of origin and of destination have led to new forms of social–cultural praxis and (sub)cultures which exert an important influence on the integration of immigrants. The case of Flanders, the northern part of Belgium and a reference point for the impact of these processes across Europe, is presented as a case study in this book.

Migration and Integration in Flanders is structured in three thematic parts, opening with chapters on the imaginaries and perceptions of people in changing migration contexts. The book then proceeds with chapters which present theoretical and empiric data on changing integration dynamics in multicultural societies. The final chapter concludes with a discussion of social networks’ mediating role.

The growing complexity of migration leads the contributing authors to look beyond borders, both of national frontiers – as migration by definition implies cross-border research – and of disciplines and research methods. In doing so, the present volume offers thought-provoking essays on topical issues that stir public and political debates across Europe, and contributes to fundamental discussions on changing societies.

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Contributors: Didier Boost (University of Antwerp), Noel Clycq (University of Antwerp), David De Coninck (KU Leuven), Godfried Engbersen (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Steven Groenez (KU Leuven), Kenneth Hemmerechts (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Dries Lens (University of Antwerp), François Levrau (University of Antwerp), Ive Marx (University of Antwerp), Joris Michielsen (University of Antwerp), Ward Nouwen (University of Antwerp), Edith Piqueray (University of Antwerp), Christiane Timmerman (University of Antwerp), Falke Tibax (University of Antwerp), Rut Van Caudenberg (University of Antwerp/Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Anneloes Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven), Sanne Van de Pol (University of Antwerp), Dirk Vanheule (University of Antwerp), Gert Verschraegen (University of Antwerp), Sunčica Vujić (University of Antwerp)
Foreword
Godfried Engbersen

Introduction: migration-integration dynamics in Flanders
Christiane Timmerman, Noel Clycq, François Levrau, Lore Van Praag and Dirk Vanheule

Part I: Setting the scene for understanding integration dynamics in Flanders/Belgium
1. Europe and the Human Rights Imaginary: Do Perceptions of Human Rights in Europe Aff ect Migration Aspirations?
Christiane Timmerman, Gert Verschraegen and Kenneth Hemmerechts
2. Fundamental Rights as a Catalyst for Integration
Sanne Van de Pol, Dirk Vanheule, and Noel Clycq
3. ‘You can’t escape from it. It’s in your blood’: Naturalising Ethnicity and Strategies to Ensure Family and In-group Cohesion
Noel Clycq

Part II: Integration dynamics and societal institutions in Flemish society
4. Key Problems in Primary Health Care – Qualitative Research on Prevention Amongst Physicians Working in a Superdiverse Context
David De Coninck, François Levrau and Falke Tibax
5. Ethnic Bound School Choice: Tolerance Thresholds Motivated by In-group Preferences, Out-group Avoidance and an Ethnic Proxy for Academic Quality
Ward Nouwen, Anneloes Vandenbroucke and Steven Groenez
6. ‘We hold on to the ones we have’: Addressing School Mobility to Facilitate ‘Stable’ Educational Trajectories, a Case-study of an Urban High School in Flanders
Rut Van Caudenberg, Noel Clycq, Ward Nouwen and Christiane Timmerman
7. Creating Bonding Social Capital: the Case of the Polish Community School in Flanders
Edith Piqueray, Noel Clycq and Christiane Timmerman
8. ‘We trust them, because they are receptive’: Intercultural Mediation to Overcome Barriers between Roma and Mainstream Education
Didier Boost
9. Can the Introduction of a Th ird Party Improve the Quality of Work for Migrant Domestic Workers? The Case of the Service Voucher System in Belgium
Joris Michielsen
10. Does Migration Motive Matter for Migrants’ Employment Outcomes? The Case of Belgium.
Dries Lens, Ive Marx and Sunčica Vujić

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 15 mm

278 pages

ISBN: 9789462701458

Publication: April 18, 2018

Series: CeMIS Migration and Intercultural Studies 2

Languages: English

Stock item number: 121846

Christiane Timmerman is professor and head of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp.
Dirk Vanheule is professor of law, dean of the Faculty of Law, and chairperson of the Centre 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.
Lore Van Praag is a postdoctoral researcher and research coordinator at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS, University of Antwerp).
Noel Clycq is visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, where he holds the chair in European Values: Discourses and Prospects in the Faculty of Arts. He is also a member of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS).
Rut Van Caudenberg is a joint PhD candidate at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS), University of Antwerp, and at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.