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University of Liège
Faculty of Social Sciences, CEDEM
Campus du Sart Timan – Quartier AGORA
Place des Orateurs, 3
Building 31, box 24, office 0.40
B-4000 Liège (Belgium)

Jean-Michel Lafleur is Research Professor at the University of Liège, Associate Director of CEDEM and a Research Associate at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). He also teaches different courses on Migration at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Liège.

He holds a joint PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Sciences Po in Paris and the University of Liège  (2008, dissertation available here). Jean-Michel’s areas of expertise are the transnational dimension of contemporary migration, EU mobility, social protection and the political participation of immigrants. He currently holds a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to work on a project entitled “Migration and Transnational Social Protection in Post-crisis Europe”.

During his career, Jean-Michel received different grants and scholarships to teach and conduct research in foreign institutions such as the Mora Institute in Mexico City, the European University Institute in Florence, the City University of New York (as a Fulbright scholar) and the City University of London. Since 2014, Jean-Michel is also Associate Researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (Germany).

See the courses I teach here

See full list of my publications here

Selected publications:

Migration, transnationalism & political participation

  • Boccagni M., Lafleur, J-M & Levitt P. “Transnational Politics as Cultural Circulation: Toward a Conceptual Understanding of Migrant Political Participation on the Move”, Mobilities, 2016 (11): 3, 444-463. [link 1] [link 2]
  • Lafleur, J-M. “The Enfranchisement of Citizens Abroad: Variations and Explanations”. Democratization, 2015 (22): 5, 840-860. [link 1] [link 2]
  • Lafleur, J-M. Transnational Politics and the State:  The External Voting Rights of Diasporas. NewYork: Routledge, 2013. [link 1] [lien 2]
  • Lafleur, J-M. & Sanchez-Dominguez M. “The Political Choices of Emigrants Voting in Home Country Elections: A Socio-political Analysis of the Electoral Behaviour of Bolivian External Voters” Migration Studies, 2015 (3): 2, 155-18. [link 1] [link 2]
  • Lafleur, J-M. “Why Do States Enfranchise Citizens Abroad? Comparative Insights from Mexico, Italy and Belgium.” Global Networks, 2011 (11)4, 481-501. [link 1] [link 2]
  • Martiniello M. & Lafleur, J-M “Towards a Transatlantic Dialogue in the Study of Immigrant Political Transnationalism”. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2008 (31)4: 645-663, 2008. [link 1] [link 2]
  • Lafleur, J-M. Le transnationalisme politique: Pouvoir des comunautés immigrées dans leurs pays d’accueil et pays d’origine. Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia-Bruylant, 2005. [link 1] [link 2]

EU mobility and social protection 

  • Lafleur, Jean-Michel and Mikolaj Stanek, eds. South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016. [link 1
  • Lafleur J-M et Lizin O. “Transnational Health Insurances as Social Remittances: The case of Congolese Immigrants in Belgium” (with O. Lizin) in Nowicka, M. and Šerbedžija, V. (Eds.) (2016) Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. [link 1] [link 2]
  • “Migration policy reforms in the context of economic and political crises: the case of Belgium” (with S. Gsir and M. Stanek), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2016, DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2016.1162352 [link 1] [link 2]
  • Barbulescu R., Lafleur J-M et Stanek M. “Intra-European Mobility: Patterns of Immigration Flows and Policies” (2015) in Western Europe 2016, Routledge, pp. 35-39. [link 1] [link 2]
  • Lafleur J-M, Martiniello M. et Rea A. “Une breve histoire migratoire de la Belgique” in Simon, G. (ed) Dictionnaire des migrations internationales, Paris: Armand Colin: pp. 24-29 [link 1] [link 2]