Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC), KU Leuven

At IMMRC anthropologists conduct research and provide teaching on changing practices of social and identity formation through cultural and religious creation at the nexus of diversity and inequality, migration and (im)mobility.


Karel Arnaut

I am Associate Professor of Anthropology and Principal Investigator in ReROOT. After my early research on Student & Youth Movements in Côte d’Ivoire, I developed research expertise in Diasporic identities of Africa(ns) in Belgium & Europe and Cultural & linguistic ‘super-diversity’ in migration-driven contexts in European & African urban transnational spaces.

Bruno Meeus

I am Postdoctoral Researcher and responsible for the day-to-day management of ReROOT. I have a strong interest in understanding the role of urban social infrastructures in shaping migrants’ subjectivities and mobilities.

Research site

Transitmigration and urban arrival infrastructures in Belgium and the Netherlands – Amsterdam-Brussels

This composite site revolves around the mobile lifeworlds of migrants who consider themselves on the move. The ethnographic vantage points are Amsterdam and Brussels but will also include other places where these so-called ‘transit’ migrants find or build temporary settlements, mainly along the North Sea coast in Belgium (Zeebrugge) and Northern France (Dunkerque, Calais).