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mw. dr. S.A. (Saskia) Bonjour

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Challenges to Democratic Representation
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127  Kamernummer: B10.06
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam
    T: 0615549306

Saskia Bonjour is assistant professor in political science. She teaches mostly in the field of gender & politics and intersectionality. Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in the Netherlands and in Europe. She is especially interested in family migration, civic integration, gender and migration, and Europeanisation.



Through her study of the politics and policies of migration and citizenship, Saskia Bonjour explores how political actors define identities and communities, that is how they distinguish between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Her research is about how these actors define criteria of membership as well as the rights and resources which flow from different degrees of membership and deservingness, and thus what it means to belong. A crucial line of inquiry in her work is the relation between the politics of intimacy and the politics of belonging, i.e. the way in which gender and family norms shape the politics of migration and citizenship.Other aspects of migration politics that she has published about include the impact of law and courts, Europeanisation, party politics, and the impact of news media on policymaking. Saskia Bonjour's research approach is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing not only from political science but also from history, law, and sociology.  



Saskia Bonjour teaches the courses 'Introduction to Gender & Sexuality', 'The Politics of Gender and Race in (Post) Colonial History' and 'Intersectionality and the  Politics of Difference'.

Saskia Bonjour is coordinator of the Minor Gender and Sexuality.

Ancillary Activities

Saskia Bonjour is a member of the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs (ACVZ) which advises the Dutch government and parliament on immigration law and policy.

In addition, Saskia Bonjour is Associate Editor of the journal Political Studies. She is also board member of the Dutch Association for  Migration Research (DAMR) and a member of the board of the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality  (ARC-GS)



Curriculum vitae 

Saskia Bonjour defended her PhD thesis at Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2009. From September 2008 until May 2009, she was employed as a researcher officer by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. She then moved to Brussels, where she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the  Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. From March 2012 until August 2014, she worked at the Leiden University Institute for History as a postdoctoral research fellow.




  • Bonjour, S. A. (2018). Family Reunification and Migrant Integration Policies in the EU: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion. In A. Ripoll Servent, & F. Trauner (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research Routledge.
  • Bonjour, S., Ripoll Servent, A., & Thielemann, E. (2018). Beyond venue shopping and liberal constraint: a new research agenda for EU migration policies and politics. Journal of European Public Policy, 25(3), 409-421. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268640  [details] 


  • Bonjour, S., & Duyvendak, J. W. (2017). The “migrant with poor prospects”: racialized intersections of class and culture in Dutch civic integration debates. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1339897 


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2016). Le transfert des conditions d'intégration préalables au regroupement familial dans les Etats membres de l'Union européenne. In Circulation des idées et des modèles: les transformations de l'action publique en question. Le cas des politiques d'intégration (pp. 63-96). Louvain-La-Neuve: Academia-L'Harmattan.
  • Bonjour, S. (2016). Speaking of Rights: The Influence of Law and Courts on the Making of Family Migration Policies in Germany. Law & Policy, 38(4), 328-348. DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12061  [details] 
  • Bonjour, S. A., Mügge, L. M., & Roggeband, C. M. (Eds.) (2016). Themanummer ‘Gender in het Nederlands universitair onderwijs: mainstream of marginaal?’. Tijdschrift voor Gender Studies, 19(2), 127-259.
  • Bonjour, S., & Block, L. (2016). Ethnicizing citizenship, questioning membership. Explaining the decreasing family migration rights of citizens in Europe. Citizenship Studies, 20(6-7), 779-794. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2016.1191429  [details] 
  • Bonjour, S., Mügge, L., & Roggeband, C. (2016). Lost in the mainstream? Gender in Dutch political science education. European Political Science, 15(3), 303-313. DOI: 10.1057/eps.2015.78  [details] 
  • Bonjour, S., Mügge, L., & Roggeband, C. (2016). Politicologie 2.0: Gender in het kerncurriculum. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 19(2), 141-164. DOI: 10.5117/TVGN2016.2.BONJ  [details] 
  • Roggeband, C., Bonjour, S., & Mügge, L. M. (2016). Gender in het curriculum: marginaal of integraal? Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 19(2), 127-140. DOI: 10.5117/TVGN2016.2.ROGG  [details] 



  • Bonjour, S. A. (2014). The transfer of pre-departure integration requirements for family migrants among member states of the European Union. Comparative Migration Studies, 2(2), 203-226. DOI: 
  • Bonjour, S. A., & Scholten, P. (2014). The Netherlands. In A. Triandafyllidou, & R. Gropas (Eds.), European immigration: a sourcebook. - 2nd edition (pp. 262-271). (Research in migration and ethnic relations series). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Vink, M., Bonjour, S. A., & Adam, I. (2014). European integration, consensus politics and family migration policy in Belgium and the Netherlands. In H. Vollaard, J. Beyers, & P. Dumont (Eds.), European integration and consensus politics in the Low Countries. (pp. 193-212). (Europe and the nation state; No. 17). London: Routledge.


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2013). Governing diversity. Dutch political parties’ preferences on the role of the state in civic integration policies. Citizenship Studies, 17(6-7), 837-851. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2013.834136 
  • Bonjour, S. A., & Block, L. (2013). Fortress Europe or Europe of Rights? The Europeanisation of family migration policies in France, Germany and the Netherlands. European Journal of Migration and Law, 15(2), 203-224. DOI: 10.1163/15718166-12342031 
  • Bonjour, S. A., & Vink, M. P. (2013). When Europeanization backfires: the normalization of European migration politics. Acta Politica, 48(4), 389-407. DOI: 10.1057/ap.2013.11 
  • Bonjour, S., & de Hart, B. (2013). A proper wife, a proper marriage. Constructions of ‘us’ and ‘them’ in Dutch family migration policy. European Journal of Women's Studies, 20(1), 61-76. DOI: 10.1177/1350506812456459 


  • Bonjour, S. A., & Lettinga, D. (2012). Debates on headscarves and civic integration abroad, in France and in the Netherlands: What can models explain? Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 10(3), 260-278. DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2012.693036 


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2011). Problematical Otherness: Defining and Dealing With the Other in French and Dutch Civic Integration Abroad Policies. In S. A. Bonjour, A. Rea, & D. Jacobs (Eds.), The Others in Europe: Legal and Social Categorization in Context (pp. 51-62). (Etudes européennes). Bruxelles: Les Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.
  • Bonjour, S. (2011). The Power and Morals of Policymakers. Reassessing the Control Gap Debate. The International Migration Review, 45(1), 89-122. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2010.00840.x 
  • Rea, A., Bonjour, S. A., & Jacobs, D. (2011). Introduction. In S. Bonjour, A. Rea, & D. Jacobs (Eds.), The Others in Europe: Legal and Social Categorization in Context. (pp. 7-20). (Etudes européennes). Bruxelles: Les Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2010). Recht, partijpolitiek en omgang met de ‘Ander’. Waarom het Nederlands beleid inzake inburgering in het buitenland strenger is dan dat van Frankrijk. Migrantenstudies, 26(4), 305-322.
  • Bonjour, S. (2010). Between Integration Provision and Selection Mechanism. Party Politics, Judicial Constraints, and the Making of French and Dutch Policies of Civic Integration Abroad. European Journal of Migration and Law, 12(3), 299-318. DOI: 10.1163/157181610X520382 


  • Strasser, E., Kraler, A., Bonjour, S. A., & Bilger, V. (2009). Doing family. Responses to state constructions of ‘the migrant family’ across Europe. The History of the Family, 14(2), 165-176. DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2009.02.005 


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2008). Ambtelijke onmin rond gezinnen van gastarbeiders. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-1970. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 5(1), 101-127.


  • Bonjour, S., & Kraler, A. (2016). Family migration and migrant integration. In A. Triandafyllidou (Ed.), Routledge handbook of immigration and refugee studies (pp. 153-160). (Routledge international handbooks). Abingdon: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315759302.ch17  [details] 


  • Chauvin, S. (Author), Pallister-Wilkins, P. (Author), Vigneswaran, D. (Author), del Valle, H. (Author), & Bonjour, S. (Author). (2015). Aylan Kurdi: coming to terms with an image. Society & Space. [details] 


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2014). Grens en gezin. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-2005. Amsterdam: Aksant.



  • Bonjour, S. (2013). [Review of: A. Kraler, et al. (2011) Gender, generations and the family in international migration]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(8), 1362-1363. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2013.784082 


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2012). [Review of: E. Guild, S. Mantu. Constructing and Imagining Labour Migration; Perspectives of Control from Five Continents]. Journal of Common Market Studies, 50(1), 188-189.
  • Bonjour, S. A. (2012). [Review of: M. Altena. A true history full of romance : mixed marriages and ethnic identity in Dutch art, news media, and popular culture (1883-1955)]. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, 9(4), 80-82.


  • Kraler, A., Bonjour, S., Cibea, A., Dzhengozova, M., Hollomey, C., Persoon, T., & Reichel, D. (2011). Migrants, minorities and employment. Exclusion and discrimination in the 27 Member States of the European Union. - Update 2003-2008. Wien: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). DOI: 10.2811/43290 


  • Wagner, M., & Bonjour, S. A. (2010). Flughafenverfahrensstudie. Studie des rechtlichen Rahmens und administrativer Praktiken hinsichtlich der Behandlung von Asylgesuchen und der Rückführung von unzureichend dokumentierten Personen an Flughäfen in sieben Europäischen Staaten. Bern, Switherland: Bundesamt für Migration.


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2009). Grens en gezin. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-2005. Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht, 8(4), 260-276.


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2008). Family Migration Policies in the Netherlands. ICMPD Research & Documentation.


  • Bonjour, Saskia (2017): Best Article Award of the APSA Migration & Citizenship Section.


  • Bonjour, Saskia & Duyvendak, Jan Willem (20-05-2017): Waarom de formatie wel stuk móest lopen [Print] NRC. Waarom de formatie wel stuk móest lopen.
  • Bonjour, Saskia & Duyvendak, Jan Willem (25-03-2017): Hoezo wordt er 'nooit' naar de boze burger geluisterd? [Web] Joop. Hoezo wordt er ‘nooit’ naar de burger geluisterd?.


  • Bonjour, S., Coello-Eertink, L., Dagevos, J., Huinder, C., Odé, A., & de Vries, K. (2015). Open grenzen, nieuwe uitdagingen: arbeidsmigratie uit Midden- en Oost-Europa. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 
  • Bonjour, S., Rea, A., & Jacobs, D. (2011). The Others in Europe: Legal and Social Categorization in Context. (Etudes européennes). Bruxelles: Les Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles.


  • Bonjour, S.A. (speaker) (9-12-2012): Luttes acharnées entre fonctionnaires. La politique du regroupement familial aux Pays-Bas, Paper presented at the Workshop : Migrations, Genre et Sexualités. Stratégies matrimoniales et familiales au sein des populations migrantes. Mise en perspective historique (20e siècle), Brussels.


  • Klarenbeek, Lea (organiser), Welfens, N.P.M.R. (organiser), Bonjour, S.A. (organiser) & Doomernik, J.M.J. (participant) (27-10-2017): DAMR Fall Meeting (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bonjour, S.A. (organiser) & de Hart, B. (organiser) (4-6-2015 - 5-6-2015): The Problematisation of Family Migration (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Bonjour, S. A. (2009). Gezin en Grens. Beleidsvorming inzake gezinsmigratie in Nederland, 1955-2005
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