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E. (Eline) Westra

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Eline Westra is a PhD researcher at political science department. Her research looks at political struggles over family migration rights for post-colonial migrants from Suriname to the Netherlands. She explores how definitions of ‘the family’ and ‘the nation’ intersect and shape migration policy, with a particular focus on political constructions of cultural difference.

    The research is part of dr. Saskia Bonjour’s VIDI project ‘Strange(r) Families. Political Contestation over Family Migration Rights for Non-Normative Families'. This project analyses how migration law and politics deal with different kinds of families asking to be allowed to live together in Europe. 

    Eline holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA Venice, Italy) and a Bachelor’s in International Relations (University of Groningen). She wrote her Master’s thesis on representations of cultural diversity and multiculturalism in Dutch educational material. 

  • Publications


    • Westra, E., Bonjour, S. A., & Vermeulen, F. F. (2023). Claiming a postcolonial differential citizenship. Contestation of family migration rights in the Netherlands in the wake of Suriname’s independence. Migration Studies.



    • Bonjour, S. (organiser), Cleton, L. (organiser), Westra, E. (organiser) & Evaldsson Mellstrom, S. (organiser) (6-7-2021 - 7-7-2021). Engaging with Intersectional Approaches to the Politics of Migration (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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