Sylvie Sarolea

Sylvie Sarolea, jurist

Research areas: asylum and immigration law in the EU, Belgian and comparative law; human rights; international private family law; equality and non-discrimination.

Geographical areas: Europe, Belgium, Central Africa.

Luc Leboeuf

Luc Leboeuf, jurist

Research areas: international, Belgian and European asylum and immigration law, human rights, public international law.

 Jean-Baptiste Farcy

Jean-Baptiste Farcy

Research areas: European and Belgian immigration law; status of foreign workers.

Geographical areas: Europe, Belgium.

 Lilian Tsourdi

Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi

Christine Flamand

Research areas: international, Belgian and European asylum law, human rights, children's rights, gender issues and vulnerabilities.


Bruno Schoumaker

 Sophie Vause

Sophie Vause, démographe

Research areas: gender and migration, networks and migration.

Geographical areas: Belgium, DRC.

Sarah Carpentier, demographer

Research areas: migration, socio-professional integration, poverty and social inclusion, longitudinal research and life-course perspective, (European) social policy.

 Laura Merla

 Laura Merla

Research areas: Transnational and multi-local families; gender and migration; care circulation and intergenerational solidarity; migration and social policies.

Geographical areas: Europe, Australia, Latin America.


 Jacques Marquet


Sarah Smit, doctorante

Research areas: International migration, migration policies, migration strategies.

Geographical area: Belgium.


The creation of the EDEM dates back to the beginning of 2011. This team is part of Cedie (Charles de Visscher Centre for International and European Law) which has developed over the last decades an international reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research, including in immigration law. The EDEM comprises eleven researchers (2 postdoctoral fellows, 5 doctoral students and 4 part-time researchers) and is coordinated by Professor Sylvie Saroléa.
The research conducted by EDEM focuses in particular on the regulation of immigration by European law. It focuses on European Union standards and the case law interpreting them, as well as Council of Europe law, mainly the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The transposition of European asylum law into national law, particularly into Belgian law, has been a central topic of analysis since 2011. Team members also work on other themes, including visa policy, family reunification, freedom of movement of European citizens and the constitutional protection of migrants.


The Centre for Research in Demography and Societies is part of the IACCHOS Institute, whose origins date back to 1963 when the first research group in demography was created at the Catholic University of Louvain. DEMO has 40 members, including doctoral students. Involved in various national and international projects and networks, DEMO conducts basic and applied research on demographic challenges in both developed and developing countries.
The research carried out by DEMO members includes issues related to intergenerational relations and family development, international migration and integration, internal migration and health, and gender. DEMO has also been involved in large-scale projects on immigration, including the MAFE programme on immigration between Africa and Europe, which remains relevant to the current project.


The Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Family and Sexuality (CIRFASE) succeeded the Institute for the Study of Family and Sexuality (IEFS). The aim of this institute was to promote teaching and research on families and sexuality, and over the years it has developed a high level of expertise in this area. The Centre has 31 members, 18 associate members and 3 emeritus members from different disciplines, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, law, history, psychoanalysis and sexology.
The research themes are structured around two axes: 1) Age, cycles and life course; and 2) Family and sexual norms, morals and models. The expertise acquired in the field of mobility and social ties is particularly relevant to this project. In particular, a research programme on transnational families (TRANSFAM) has been developed with the aim of better understanding how migrants combine local work and family life, and their family obligations towards their relatives living in the country of origin.

Joint Research Group: MIND. Most of the researchers belonging to the consortium formed by the three research teams above are also members of MIND, an interdisciplinary research group on mobility, interculturality and diversity. MIND was created at the end of 2013 by Laura Merla, Bruno Schoumaker and other colleagues from the IACCHOS Institute in order to improve the visibility of immigration studies both within and outside UCL, to promote synergies between different disciplines, and to attract doctoral and post-doctoral students. The current ARC project represents a unique opportunity to develop scientific collaboration between several MIND members, thus strengthening UCL's expertise and reputation in the field of migration.