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Y.K.R. (Yacine) Ait Larbi

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Dep. Sociology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • About

    I am a Ph.D. Candidate and a member of the Political Sociology program group of the AISSR of the University of Amsterdam. I am an early career researcher who has been working in the field of migration for over five years. I have researched on return and reintegration, forced displacement and labour migration in France, Algeria and the East and Horn of Africa. I am interested in discussions around decolonisation and social transformation.

    I hold a MA in International Development from University College London. My dissertation, "A reflexive sociology of human capital flight in post-colonial Algeria" aimed at understanding how human capital flight; also known as brain drain, becomes an unavoidable consequence of inadequate domestic responses to policy gaps coupled with a globalised epistemology which developing countries have difficulties redefining.

  • Research

    Project title - Open systems, Closed boundaries: For an account of the post-colonial migration agency

    Supervisor : Pr Hein de Haas

    Drawing from Akin Mabogunje and Abdelmalek Sayad's work, the project explores post-colonial migration systems' structural evolution and internal dynamics. Using Algeria as a case study; I intend to provide an empirical account of the structural conditions that enable migration systems to form or decline in post-colonial contexts. Beyond the initial location, formation and evolution of migration systems, this study aims at analysing migration agency within it. Furthermore, it addresses the different subjectivities and migration aspirations emerging from global change and impacting the system (colonisation, globalisation, neo-liberalism, neo-colonisation etc.), reproducing/disrupting migration patterns. 

    I am also very interested in migration theory, modern social theory, and post-colonial and decolonial literature, for which I expect to integrate migration studies more substantially in the next few years. 


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