Position 
Assistant Professor
Nationality 
Belgium
At UNU-CRIS 
01/11/2018
Research Interests 

Migration governance 
International NGO’s 
Return migration 
Reintegration 
Assisted return 
Detention and deportation 
resettlement
international social work

Education 

Ph.D., Social Work and Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University
M.A., Social Work, Ghent University

Biographical Statement 

After Ine Lietaert attained her degree as Master in Social Work, she worked at the asylum and migration department of an INGO. After a couple of years of practical experience, she returned to Ghent University and completed her PhD on the return and reintegration processes of assisted returnees from Belgium to Georgia and Armenia. Before joining UNU-CRIS, she worked as post-doc research on the Childmove ERC project (Ghent University), investigating the trajectories and wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee minors moving through Europe.

Ine Lietaert teaches International Social Work at Ghent University and guides PhD students investigating processes of return and reintegration, internal migration and wellbeing of unaccompanied refugee minors, with a particular focus on the development of support mechanisms and support policies for people on the move in various regions of the world.