PhD researcher or student information
Isaac Brock Muhambya
Link to website with profile: https://uclouvain.be/fr/repertoires/brock.isaac
Degrees BA: Law
Master's degree in Private and Judicial Law
Advanced master in International Law
Advanced master in Quantitative methods applied in Social sciences
PhD Research Information
Brief description:From the outset, circular migration is a concept that is increasingly in vogue in policy arenas both internationally and within the European Union (IOM, 2008; COM (2007) 248 final; ECE/CES/2016/3; Joint Africa-EU Strategy, 2007). Moreover, legally, this concept has almost no basis in international, regional, and national instruments (Elmadmad, 2008). Furthermore, this notion does not have a universal definition (EMN, 2011), it is defined in various ways (IOM, 2008). This lack of conceptual clarity confuses the related policy debate (Thormann, Koch A. et al., 2011).
Methodology:Circular migration is a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary study. It highlights relevant legal, demographic, sociological, economic and political aspects. The topic is relevant and - by combining a legal and socio-demographic approach (qualitative and quantitative) - has the potential to lead to original results. From an organizational point of view, this study will consist of two parts: Part 1 on the legal framework will use the legal method (exegesis, hermeneutics, systematic), the historical method, and the comparative method. Part 2 on the factors favoring circular migration between the DRC and Belgium will adopt a mixed-methods approach, which is defined as "research in which the researcher mixes or combines quantitative and qualitative research techniques, methods, approaches, concepts or language in a single study" (Johnson et al., 2004, p.17). Compared to a single qualitative or quantitative method, a mixed method has the advantage of providing in-depth analysis, as it draws on a body of narrative information provided by the qualitative method to better understand the numerical results and trends derived from the quantitative method (Johnson et al., 2004). That said, for a thorough and consistent analysis, efforts will be made to match the qualitative and narrative survey results with the quantitative results.
Keywords: EU Migration Law and Policy, highly-skilled migrants, Circular Migration, Legal framework
Language(s) of writing: French
Université Catholique de Louvain
Additional information:Since I don't have sufficient funds, I have submitted an application for one of the doctoral scholarships that you are offering. I rely heavily on this grant in order to be able to attend the Odysseus summer school.