I am an anthropologist affiliated to the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Liege, where I am working as Lecturer assistant and post-doctoral researcher. I obtained a PhD degree in Anthropology of contemporaneity – Ethnography of diversities and of cultural convergences (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy) and in Political and Social Sciences (University of Liege, Belgium, joint doctoral supervision) with a thesis on food as means to define...
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  • CEDEM - FaSS, ULiege

    University, Liege, Belgium
    Post-doctoral researcher and Assistant professor


Mobilizations and Opinions Regarding Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Undocumented Migrants in Belgium: Frames, Motivations and Actions

Authors Elsa Mescoli, Marije Reidsma, Elien Diels, ...
Year 2019
Book Title The refugee reception crisis in Europe. Polarized opinions and mobilizations
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3 Book Chapter

Creating Undocumented EU Migrants through Welfare: A Conceptualization of Undeserving and Precarious Citizenship

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Elsa Mescoli
Year 2018
Journal Name Sociology
Citations (WoS) 5
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4 Journal Article

I profili della neo-mobilità giovanile italiana in Belgio

Authors Alessandro Mazzola, Marco Martiniello, Elsa Mescoli
Year 2018
Book Title Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2018
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5 Book Chapter

Maintaining national culture abroad : countries of origin, culture and diaspora

Authors Sonia GSIR, Elsa MESCOLI
Within the framework of the INTERACT project, this paper aims to shed light onto a specific facet of the role of sending countries in migrants' integration processes: culture. Culture is analysed as one of the tools that both migrants and countries of origin resort to in order to maintain reciprocal ties after migration. Following a brief presentation of the anthropological and sociological definitions of culture and the consequent notion of 'cultural identity' on which the analysis builds, we study the concrete implementation of these dynamics. In particular, our attention is deployed at three levels: the level of migrants' everyday practices (including the use of the origin language); the policy level (pertaining to both diaspora and integration); and the association level (cultural centres in particular). Through the study of several transversal examples, we consider the broader issue at stake in this paper: the possible connection between migrants' performance in the culture of their country of origin and integration processes. We take into account the European legal framework within which both migrants and national governments function, and the influence it has on discourses and national and international policies addressing integration issues. We reach the conclusion that no causal or univocal link can be established between cultural practices and integration, for several reasons: a variety of factors are at play in integration processes within multi-cultural urban spaces, including socio-economic issues and power relations, which are crucial; culture itself is a changing and combined set of behaviours which determine dynamic and multiple belongings and which need a comprehensive approach; and identities shape the interaction among cultures - which is why we finally state the usefulness of the notion of 'ethnicity'.
Year 2015
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6 Report

Corridor report on Belgium : the case of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants

Authors Sonia GSIR, Jérémy MANDIN, Elsa MESCOLI
This report compares two important corridor migrations to Belgium in order to better understand the variation in several dimensions of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants’ integration – in particular, labour market, education and citizenship. It is based on an original methodology combining three different data sources (an analysis of the legal and political frameworks, a quantitative analysis, and a survey). It aims to test the INTERACT project’s main hypothesis which conceives of integration as a three-way process. This report provides insight on integration from the immigration country perspective but also from the countries of origin; it appraises the impact that Turkey and Morocco may have on the integration of their migrants in Belgium. The main findings are the following. Firstly, the countries of origin may have an impact on integration when emigration starts. Secondly, countries of origin may have a positive or negative impact on some integration dimensions (citizenship) but no obvious impact on others (education and labour market). In their efforts to maintain and develop links and to protect migrants’ rights abroad, countries of origin can thus facilitate integration, but indirectly.
Year 2015
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7 Report

Corridor report on Belgium : the case of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants

Authors Sonia GSIR, Jérémy MANDIN, Elsa MESCOLI, ...
This brief report on the INTERACT project findings regarding Turkish and Moroccan migrants in Belgium.
Year 2015
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8 Report

Towards the elsewhere: discourses on migration and mobility practices between Morocco and Italy

Authors Elsa Mescoli
Year 2014
Journal Name Identities
Citations (WoS) 3
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9 Journal Article

Countries of Origin as Organisers of Emigration: Moroccans and Turks in Belgium

Authors Jérémy Mandin, Sonia Gsir, Elsa Mescoli
Book Title Migrant integration between homeland and host society. Volume 2, How countries of origin impact migrant integration outcomes : an analysis
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10 Book Chapter

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