The Russian migration towards Belgian cities. A network and life course analysis of Russian migrants in Brussels and Liege, 1880-1914.

Description: The aim of this research is to study the Russian presence in the Belgian cities of Brussels and Liege during the 1880s until the advent of WWI through a network and systematic life course analysis. The Russian migration acts as a case study for long distance migration in the nineteenth century. The turbulent climate in Russia, the economic recession and the suspicion for the rise in socialist ideas potentially created specific dynamics that characterised the Russian migration towards Western Europe. The main sources are the foreigners’ files, the municipal police archives and the archive of the Okhrana. As such, this research contributes to a further understanding of long distance migration and provides more insights into the dynamics between migrants and the receiving society. More importantly, by including a network and life course analysis, this study aims to significantly broaden the narrow focus utilised in past literature, where the emphasis was placed upon the political refugee.
Promoter(s): Christophe Verbruggen, Margot De Koster
Researcher(s): Maïté Van Vyve
Department / Research group: History
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Philosophy