TRICUD is a multidisciplinary research programme launched by three research centres based at the Institute of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Liège, namely CEDEM (Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies), CLEO (Centre for the Study of Public Opinion) and PÔLE SUD (Pôle Liégeois d’Etudes sur les Sociétés Urbaines en Développement).

This pluriannual programm started in October 2009 is financed by the Fenchspeaking Community of Belgium – Concerted Research Actions  -  Walloonia-Europe  Academy.

TRICUD aims at better understanding some of the reciprocal relationships between migration and change. The principal objective is indeed to better understand how migration transforms both sending societies in the South and receiving societies in the North. It is widely acknowledged that international migration has always been a cause as well as a result of economic, political, social and cultural change. It is a key dimension of globalisation. It affects, the dynamics of identities, the process of cultural diversification and social representations in urban settings both in the North and South. Migration has also prompted the formation of transnational social spaces connecting home and destination countries. This phenomenon is observable between Belgium and some of the countries of origin of its migrant population. The Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco are in this respect two strategic case-studies.

In order to better understand the dynamics of identities, the processes of cultural diversification and the dynamics of representations in urban settings affected by international migration and immigrants’ transnational practices both in Belgium and in two immigrant sending countries, the research will be carried out along three main directions, which consist in the 3 research projects are the post-migratory city and transnational flows, the dynamics of identities and the process of cultural diversification.