workshop on social capital and political participation 5 november 2010

Brussels, 5 November 2010

Workshop “Social capital and political participation by migrants in European cities”

Organizers: GERME, Institut de Sociologie, ULB

Within the frame of the project “Ethnic social capital and its impact on generalised trust and political participation among ethnic minority groups” -Mandat d’Impulsion Scientifique-FRS-FNRS

Open to the public. Please notify katia.pilat (at) if you want to assist.


Invited participants

  • Ana Paula Beja Horta (Open University, Lisbon/Centre of Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations)
  • Manlio Cinalli  (CEVIPOF Paris)
  • Mario Diani      (University of Trento and University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)
  • Nina Eggert (Université de Genève)
  • Meindert Fennema (IMES, University of Amsterdam)
  • Marco Giugni (Université de Genève)
  • Laura Morales (University of Manchester)
  • Jean Tillie (IMES, University of Amsterdam)


Friday, November 5, 2010


9.15-9.30:        Chaired by Dirk Jacobs, ULB: Introduction of the meeting.

9.30-10.30:     Chaired by Laura Morales (University of Manchester) and Marco Giugni (Université de Genève): brief overview of the book: Morales, Laura and Marco Giugni (eds.) 2010 Social Capital, Political Participation and Migration in Europe. Making Multicultural Democracy Work?. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

10.30-11.00:    Coffee break.

11.00-12.00:    -Herman Barbara, ULB: Individual political participation of migrants in Brussels

-Thys Rebecca, ULB: Migrant organizations in Brussels

12.00-13.30:   Lunch break.


13.30-15.00:    -Mario Diani (University of Trento and University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)  “The structure of migrants’ organizational networks”

-Nina Eggert, Marco Giugni, and Miruna Morariu (Université de Genève) “The impact of political opportunity structures on organizational characteristics and activities: A comparative analysis of immigrants’ organizations”

-Katia Pilati (ULB) and Nina Eggert (Université de Genève): “Networks and political activities of migrant organizations in 5 European cities”

15.00-15.30: Coffee break.

15.30-17.00:  – Ana Paula Beja Horta (Open University, Lisbon/Centre of Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations)  “Civic Participation and Political Attitudes among Immigrant Women in Lisbon.”

-Laura Morales (University of Manchester), “Bridging or bonding? The nature of the social capital of Latin American Immigrants in Spain”

-Jean Tillie (IMES, University of Amsterdam): “Why some Amsterdam Muslims become radicals”



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