05/12/18 – GTD Colloquium: Comparing Sending States’ Social Protection Infrastructure for Nationals Abroad: An Analysis of Diaspora Institutions and Consular Services

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Date(s) - 05/12/18
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Grote Gracht 80-82, Spiegelzaal (Soiron Building) Maastricht


Topic: Comparing Sending States’ Social Protection Infrastructure for Nationals Abroad: An Analysis of Diaspora Institutions and Consular Services

Participant:  Jean-Michel Lafleur

When: Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018, from 15:30-17:00

Where: Attic, GG 80-82 (Soiron building)

Abstract: In recent years, there has been a growing interest among migration scholars for diaspora institutions and more broadly homeland policies of engagement with nationals residing abroad (see work by Delano, Gamlen, Iskander, Ragazzi…). In this context, several attempts to classify sending states according to their level of engagement with nationals abroad (as well as non-nationals considered as the polity) have emerged (Weinar, Gamlen). They however usually present two limitations. First, they tend to focus on large-sending states from the Global South therefore neglecting the developments in this area in the North (including among EU Member States). Second, the focus on policy innovations among diaspora scholars often entails that the role of more classic forms of protection for nationals abroad through diplomatic and consular network is often undermined. In this lecture, we intend to present a typology of EU Member States based on the level of development of their social protection infrastructure, a concept that covers both diaspora institutions and consular networks and policies. To do so, we rely on our diaspora policy database created within the framework of the ERC project Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection (MiTSoPro) that collected large amount of data on these policies using a standardized questionnaire filled by diaspora policy experts in 40 countries (including EU-28).

Jean-Michel Lafleur is the 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).


Upcoming GTD colloquia:

  • Wednesday 9, January 2019: Stefan Ouma, Goethe Universität
  • Wednesday 6, February 2019: Robtel Pailey, University of Oxford
  • Wednesday 13, March 2019: Lovise Aalen, CMI (Christian Michelsen Institute)