Jean-Michel Lafleur is Research Professor at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Liège, Associate Director of CEDEM and a Senior Research Associate at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). His area of expertise includes immigrants' access to welfare, EU mobility and the political participation of minorities.
Migration Reasearch Hub ID: 1061
ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8954-5167
Twitter https://twitter.com/LafleurJeanM

Expertise

Migration processes
Migration consequences (for migrants, sending and receiving countries)
Migration governance
Cross-cutting topics in migration research
Disciplines

Roles

  • Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS)

    Other, Liège, Belgium
    Senior Research Associate

  • Université de Liège

    University, Liège, Belgium
    Research Professor

  • Centre d'Etudes de l'Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM)

    Research Institute, Liège, Belgium
    Associate Director

Research

Diaspora Policies, Consular Services and Social Protection for French Citizens Abroad

Authors Jean-Thomas Arrighi de Casanova, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2020
Book Title Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond (Volume 2)
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1 Book Chapter

Leaving Europe: New Crises, Entrenched Inequalities and Alternative Routes of Social Mobility

Authors Karel Arnaut, Jean-Michel Lafleur, Nadia Fadil, ...
Year 2020
Journal Name JOURNAL OF IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE STUDIES
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2 Journal Article

Why do parties support emigrant voting rights?

Authors Eva Østergaard-Nielsen, Irina Ciornei, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2019
Journal Name European Political Science Review
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3 Journal Article

Where and why can expatriates vote in regional elections? A comparative analysis of regional electoral practices in Europe and North America

Authors Jean-Thomas Arrighi, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2019
Journal Name Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Citations (WoS) 4
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4 Journal Article

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens : Belgium

Authors Cristina Daniela VINTILA, Jean-Michel LAFLEUR, Louise NIKOLIC
Description
This report explores challenges to political participation of mobile EU citizens in Belgium. It discusses electoral rights of non-resident citizens and non-citizen residents from the EU in European Parliament and local elections. The report also offers recommendations on how to increase political participation of mobile EU citizens in this country.
Year 2018
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5 Report

Combining transnational and intersectional approaches to immigrants' social protection: The case of Andean families' access to health

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Maria Vivas Romero
Year 2018
Journal Name Proceedings of Airlangga Conference on International Relations
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6 Journal Article

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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7 Journal Article

Migration de retour, genre et remises sociales : le retour des migrantes boliviennes d’Espagne durant la crise économique

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Justine Duchesne
Year 2017
Journal Name Revue européenne des migrations internationales
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8 Journal Article

Transnational Health Insurances as Social Remittances: The Case of Congolese Immigrants in Belgium

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Olivier Lizin
Year 2016
Book Title Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe
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9 Book Chapter

Challenges of the political participation and representation of migrants in their home country: Towards an external political citizenship?

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2016
Journal Name SOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION SUR LES SCIENCES SOCIALES
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10 Journal Article

Migration policy reforms in the context of economic and political crises: the case of Belgium

Authors Sonia Gsir, Jean-Michel Lafleur, Mikolaj Stanek
Year 2016
Journal Name Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Citations (WoS) 4
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11 Journal Article

Transnational Politics as Cultural Circulation: Toward a Conceptual Understanding of Migrant Political Participation on the Move

Authors Paolo Boccagni, Jean-Michel Lafleur, P Levitt
Year 2016
Journal Name Mobilities
Citations (WoS) 18
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12 Journal Article

Migration and Transnational Social Protection in (post) crisis Europe

Principal investigator Jean-Michel Lafleur (Principal Investigator)
Description
The negative employment and social developments across Europe since the start of the crisis, coupled with increased fiscal constraints and changing migration patterns, have led to increasing depictions of EU and third-country immigrants as ‘abusers’ of their social protection systems. Member States have accordingly sought reduce migrants’ ability to access social protection benefits, despite the fact that they are disproportionately at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This project looks at the different strategies that migrants have to access social protection within (post) crisis Europe and does so by explicitly integrating social policy and migration studies’ approaches on the phenomenon. More precisely, it aims to study transnational social protection, that we define as migrants’ cross-border strategies to cope with social risks in areas such as health, long-term care, pensions or unemployment that combine entitlements to host and home state-based public welfare policies and market-, family- and community-based practices. This study thus consists in, first, identifying the social protection policies and programs that home countries make accessible to their citizens abroad, and then compiling this information into an online database. We will then aggregate the results of the database into a Transnational Social Protection Index (TSPIx) in order to determine the overall level of engagement of each state with citizens abroad in a comparative way. Second, on the basis of the results of the index, we will select case studies of migrants from two EU and two non-EU countries that vary in their level of engagement in providing social protection to their citizens abroad. We will then undertake multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork to qualitatively assess the informal social protection strategies used by migrants and examine their interaction with formal host and home state social protection provision.
Year 2016
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13 Project

Migration and Transnational Social Protection in (post) crisis Europe

Description
The negative employment and social developments across Europe since the start of the crisis, coupled with increased fiscal constraints and changing migration patterns, have led to increasing depictions of EU and third-country immigrants as ‘abusers’ of their social protection systems. Member States have accordingly sought reduce migrants’ ability to access social protection benefits, despite the fact that they are disproportionately at risk of poverty and social exclusion. This project looks at the different strategies that migrants have to access social protection within (post) crisis Europe and does so by explicitly integrating social policy and migration studies’ approaches on the phenomenon. More precisely, it aims to study transnational social protection, that we define as migrants’ cross-border strategies to cope with social risks in areas such as health, long-term care, pensions or unemployment that combine entitlements to host and home state-based public welfare policies and market-, family- and community-based practices. This study thus consists in, first, identifying the social protection policies and programs that home countries make accessible to their citizens abroad, and then compiling this information into an online database. We will then aggregate the results of the database into a Transnational Social Protection Index (TSPIx) in order to determine the overall level of engagement of each state with citizens abroad in a comparative way. Second, on the basis of the results of the index, we will select case studies of migrants from two EU and two non-EU countries that vary in their level of engagement in providing social protection to their citizens abroad. We will then undertake multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork to qualitatively assess the informal social protection strategies used by migrants and examine their interaction with formal host and home state social protection provision.
Year 2016
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14 Project

The political choices of emigrants voting in home country elections: A socio-political analysis of the electoral behaviour of Bolivian external voters

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Maria Sanchez-Dominguez
Year 2015
Journal Name Migration Studies
Citations (WoS) 9
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15 Journal Article

Access to electoral rights : Bolivia

Authors Jean-Michel LAFLEUR, Maria Teresa ZEGADA
Year 2015
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16 Report

The enfranchisement of citizens abroad: variations and explanations

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2015
Journal Name Democratization
17 Journal Article

Access to electoral rights : Belgium

Authors Jean-Michel LAFLEUR
Year 2013
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18 Report

Beyond Dutch Borders: Transnational Politics among Colonial Migrants, Guest Workers and the Second Generation

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2013
Journal Name Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews
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19 Journal Article

La participation politique transnationale des Belges expatriés : un cas d’exportation des divisions ethniques ?

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2013
Journal Name Revue européenne des migrations internationales
20 Journal Article

Le vote à distance des migrants mexicains : quel impact pour la diaspora dans le champ politique du pays d'origine ?

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2013
Journal Name Politique américaine
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21 Journal Article

The Transnational Political Participation of Latin American and Caribbean Migrants Residing in Europe

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2011
Journal Name International Migration
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23 Journal Article

Why do states enfranchise citizens abroad? Comparative insights from Mexico, Italy and Belgium

Authors JEAN-MICHEL LAFLEUR
Year 2011
Journal Name Global Networks
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24 Journal Article

Assessing Emigrant Participation in Home Country Elections: The Case of Mexico’s 2006 Presidential Election

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Leticia Calderón Chelius
Year 2011
Journal Name International Migration
25 Journal Article

Musiques, musiciens et participation électorale des citoyens issus de l’immigration. Le cas des élections présidentielles américaines de 2008

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur, Marco Martiniello
Year 2009
Journal Name Revue européenne des migrations internationales
27 Journal Article

Ethnic Minorities’ Cultural and Artistic Practices as Forms of Political Expression: A Review of the Literature and a Theoretical Discussion on Music

Authors Marco Martiniello, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2008
Journal Name Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Citations (WoS) 23
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28 Journal Article

Towards a transatlantic dialogue in the study of immigrant political transnationalism

Authors Marco Martiniello, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2008
Journal Name Ethnic and Racial Studies
Citations (WoS) 46
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29 Journal Article

« ¿Bienvenidos a Miami? »

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2005
Journal Name Revue européenne des migrations internationales
30 Journal Article

Contribuyendo a la democracia en países de origen: el voto externo de los migrantes andinos

Authors Anastasia BERMUDEZ, Jean-Michel LAFLEUR, Angeles ESCRIVA
Year 2017
Journal Name América Latina Hoy
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31 Journal Article

Transnational Politics and the State

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Year 2013
32 Book

Lessons from the South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis

Authors Mikolaj Stanek, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Book Title South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
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33 Book Chapter

South-North Labour Migration Within the Crisis-Affected European Union: New Patterns, New Contexts and New Challenges

Authors Mikolaj Stanek, Jean-Michel Lafleur, Alberto Veira
Book Title South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
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34 Book Chapter

Restrictions on Access to Social Protection by New Southern European Migrants in Belgium

Authors Mikolaj Stanek, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Book Title South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
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35 Book Chapter

EU Migration and the Economic Crisis: Concepts and Issues

Authors Mikolaj Stanek, Jean-Michel Lafleur
Book Title South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
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36 Book Chapter

South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis

Authors Mikolaj Stanek, Jean-Michel Lafleur
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37 Book

Regime Change in Mexico and the Transformation of State-Diaspora Relations

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Book Title Emigration Nations
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38 Book Chapter

Regime Change in Mexico and the Transformation of State–Diaspora Relations

Authors Jean-Michel Lafleur
Book Title Emigration Nations
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39 Book Chapter

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