Programme provisoire (Provisional program)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


18:30   Cocktail evening



Wednesday, November 29, 2017  


8:30   Welcome coffee

9:00   Opening and welcoming address


THEME 1 – Data and Methods 


Sampling and other methodological challenges
in studying refugees and displaced populations
  Chair Person: Philippe Bocquier (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Jon Pederson (Fafo Research Foundation, Norway), Sampling Iraqi and Syrian nationals in Jordan
  • Judith Kohlenberger (Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Austria), Isabella Buber-Ennser, Bernhard Rengs, Zakarya Al Zalak, Measuring Forced Migration to Europe: Sampling Techniques and Methodological Observations from the “Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS)”
  • Rima Mourtada (American University of Beirut, Lebanon), Sawsan Abdulrahim, Jocelyn DeJong, Huda Zurayk, Marwan Khawaja, Methodological, contextual and ethical challenges in a study looking at the prevalence of early marriage among Syrian refugee girls/women in Bekaa, Lebanon

10:00   Discussion

10:30   Coffee break


Use of administrative and other data sources 
  Chair Person: Marie Vandresse (Bureau du Plan, Belgium)
  • Sophie Vause (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Bruno Schoumaker, Asylum seekers: migrants unlike any other? A comparison of survey and administrative data on migrant trajectories in Belgium  
  • Phillip Connor (Pew Research Center, USA), Estimating the residential status of Europe’s refugee surge
  • Diego Alburez-Gutierrez (London  School of Economics, UK), Collecting genealogies to reconstruct populations: the case of the Guatemalan civil war (1960-2015)
  • Bruno Masquelier (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Romesh Silva, Assessing UNHCR registration data as a source of mortality statistics for conflict-affected populations: A case study in Yemen 

12:00   Discussion

12:30   Lunch


Modelling asylum-related migration and its determinants 
  Chair Person: Guillaume Wunsch (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Jakub Bijak (University of Southampton, UK), Jonathan J Forster, Jason Hilton, Modelling asylum-related migration: survey of data and methods
  • Sarah Nurse (University of Southampton, UK), Jakub Bijak, Dispersal and deprivation of asylum seekers in the UK: how much can the data tell us? 

14:30   Discussion

15:00   Coffee Break


THEME 2 - Demographic impacts of forced displacement



Forced displacement and its effects on families and couples 
  Chair Person: Koen Dewulf (Belgian Federal Migration Centre-Myria, Belgium)
  • Glenda Santana de Andrade (Université Paris 8, France), L’impact des déplacements forcés : des nouvelles dynamiques de survie dans le cas de familles réfugiées Syriennes en Jordanie 
  • Isabella Buber-Ennser (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria), Zakarya Al Zalak, Judith Kohlenberger, Bernhard Rengs, Family context of married refuge seeking persons: Who arrived with the partner? Who left children behind? Insights from Syrian and Iraqi persons arriving in Austria in 2015
  • Philip Verwimp (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), Davide Osti, Gudrun Ostby, Migration, Forced Displacement and Fertility during Civil War: A Survival Analysis 

16:00   Discussion


UNCHR reporting and statistics for research
and decision-making
  Chair Person: Bruno Masquelier (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Presentation by Petra Nahmias, Senior Statistician at UNHCR (Field Information and Coordination Support Section), followed by Questions & Answers with the audience  



EXODUS: Our Journey to Europe

Screening of the documentary “EXODUS: Our Journey to Europe”, by James Bluemel, followed by a discussion evening with Pierre Verbeeren, Director of Médecins du Monde - Belgium and François Bienfait, representing EASO, the European Asylum Support Office.
Location: Studio 11 (center of Louvain-la-Neuve).




Thursday, November 30, 2017 


THEME 3 - Legal Provisions and Life Courses




Life courses of asylum seekers and legal or policy issues 
  Chair Person: Marwan Khawaja
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
  • Sarah Carpentier (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Bruno Schoumaker, The Socio-Economic Careers of Asylum Seekers in Belgium: The Impact of Legal Conditions and Waiting Times for Administrative Procedures  
  • Tatiana Eremenko (INED, France), Parcours administratifs des personnes déboutées du droit d’asile en France
  • Daniela Ghio (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy), Giancarlo Blangiardo, Asylum Seekers or Irregular immigrants? The Lazy Eye of Europe - Forecasting a Comprehensive Approach for Migration Policies

10:00   Discussion

10:30   Coffee break


Integration of refugees and asylum seekers 
  Chair Person: Bruno Schoumaker (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Anne-Laure Bertrand (Université de Genève, Switzerland), Trajectoires des réfugiés en Suisse : impact de la législation sur les chances d’intégration professionnelle
  • Virginie Jourdan (Direction générale des étrangers en France, France), Le parcours d'intégration des nouveaux réfugiés en France 
  • Aljoscha Landoes (Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics, Switzerland), Using and combining register data to study life course trajectories – analysing the transition to adulthood of young asylum seekers and refugees in Switzerland. 

11:45   Discussion

12:15   Lunch 


THEME 4 - Health of Refugees and Displaced Populations


Refugee health
  Chair Person: Catherine Gourbin (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Sol Juárez (Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute, Sweden), Eleonora Mussino, Anders Hjern, Being refugee or having a refugee status? Birth outcomes among offspring of immigrant mothers in Sweden.
  • Walter Forrest (University of Queensland, Australia), Zachary Steel, “Factories for mental illness”? The impact of immigration detention on the mental health of humanitarian migrants
  • Solveig Argeșeanu (Emory University, USA), Migration, assimilation, and chronic disease among refugee families
  • Annalisa Busetta, Valeria Cetorelli, Daria Mendola, Ben Wilson (Department of Sociology, Sweden), Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Informal Settlements in Italy: A Multidimensional Vulnerability Assessment  

14:45   Discussion

15:15   Coffee Break 


Sexual and reproductive health
  Chair Person: Ester Rizzi (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Julie Pannetier (CEPED, France), Andrainolo Ravalihasy, Annabel Desgrées du Loû (pour le groupe Parcours), Violences sexuelles à l’égard des femmes et parcours migratoire : là-bas mais aussi ici
  • Armelle Andro (Université Paris 1, France), Lorraine Poncet, Claire Scodellaro et l’équipe DSAFHIR, Etudier la santé sexuelle et reproductive des femmes réfugiées et déplacées. Premiers enseignements d’une enquête socio-démographique menée en France (DSAFHIR)
  • Annabel Desgrées du Loû (CEPED/IRD, France), Anne Gosselin, Julie Pannetier, Andrainolo Ravalihasy (pour le groupe Parcours), Vulnérabilité des migrants africains réfugiés : apports de l’enquête Parcours pour mesurer les difficultés sociales et de santé

16:30   Discussion


17:00   Closing remarks

17:15   Poster session
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