Jean-Michel Lafleur


Jean-Michel Lafleur earned a degree in political science and international relations from the University of Liège in 2003 and then went on to complete a master's in European administrative studies at the College of Europe (Brugge) the following year. In 2008, after four years of research for his thesis, “Transnational Politics and the State”, he earned a doctorate in Political and Social Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and from the ULg.

He is currently a research associate at the FRS-FNRS and deputy director of CEDEM (Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies). He also gives courses on migration at the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales at ULg, and has been visiting researcher at the Mora Institute in Mexico City, at the European University Institute in Florence, at City University in London and at the Academia Belgica in Rome. In 2009-2010, he taught at the City University in New York.

Unlike many migration specialists, this Liège man has no family history connected with migratory waves, but meetings in the field have guided him on his way. “At the age of 20, I did a first degree in Miami, in a university filled with American students of Cuban origin who were all politically active and opposed Castro. This elicited in me an interest in the connections held by diasporas with their home countries, the fact that they continued to involve themselves in their home countries even though they no longer lived there. I was passionate about travel and international relations. I wanted to understand how the actors to whom no one pays attention could have such enormous capacities of change in their home countries, whether it was through their right to vote or their lobbying activities.”


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See article(s) and video(s)

External Voting: its impacts on society
Could the Italian elections be played out in Belgium? (ULg.TV video)