The new, diverse Europe evokes considerable debate. Is the national culture at stake? What is happening to European values? And who can ever truly be part of Europe? In order to understand this Europe, our research examines encounters between migrant parents and professionals in sites such as schools or health care services. How is good citizenship negotiated in these encounters?
Read more about the project findings in our public book. Download a copy of Reproducing Europe: Migrant Families, Professionals and the Welfare State here.

Three Cities

Amsterdam

The Netherlands has seen heated debates about the purported problems with migrants and their offspring. These problems are primarily understood in terms of ethnic and cultural difference. How does this impact the encounter between migrant parents and professionals?
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Paris

Since the banlieue riots and the terrorist attacks, migrant parents and their children have found themselves at the center of political and societal worries in France. How do migrant parents and professionals working with them in Paris negotiate what is 'good parenting' in this context?
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Milan

A sense of crisis looms in Italy. Economic concerns, shrinking public resources, and the refugee emergency add to longstanding concerns over national birthrates and migration. How do professionals and volunteers working in Milan address migrant parents in this context of crisis?
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The research is set in three cities: Amsterdam, Paris, and Milan. In each city, one researcher works to cover the perspectives of Egyptian migrant parents, while another charts the perspectives of professionals. By bringing these perspectives together, Reproducing Europe sheds light on the negotiation of citizenship in Europe today.

Research Team

Anouk de Koning

Anouk de Koning is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University, where she leads the Reproducing Europe project.

Anouk de Koning

Amsterdam

Wiebe Ruijtenberg

Wiebe Ruijtenberg is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. His research explores experiences of fatherhood among Egyptian fathers in Amsterdam.

Wiebe Ruijtenberg

Amsterdam

Anick Vollebergh

Anick Vollebergh is Postdoctoral researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. She investigates professionals' notions of good parenting and citizenship in Paris.

Anick Vollebergh

Paris

Soukaina Chakkour

Soukaina Chakkour is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. Her research focuses on how everyday citizenship is negotiated among Egyptian migrants in Paris.

Soukaina Chakkour

Paris

Milena Marchesi

Milena Marchesi is Postdoctoral researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. She researches how new welfare logics and values shape migrant parenting support practices in Milan.

Milena Marchesi

Milan

Lucrezia Botton

Lucrezia Botton is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University. Her research focuses on how a state that is generally perceived as absent conveys parenting norms in Milan.

Lucrezia Botton

Milan