In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), fertility rates have been high for decades. Ongoing political instability, insecurity, and external exploitation have prevented the country from creating a stable environment that would allow a fertility decline. Although it is well established that fertility and migration are highly intertwined on multiple levels, it remains unknown how these high fertility rates translate to a Belgian context of low fertility.
In this talk, I will outline my research on Congolese migrant fertility in the framework of the fertility transition in DRC, and link Congolese historical events and associated migration waves with the trends and determinants of fertility of the diaspora Belgium. Their paradoxical socio-economic profile – highly educated yet low employment rates – in combination with the inextricable colonial ties between DRC and Belgium make for an interesting case study of fertility.
Marie Mosuse obtained her master’s degree in Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her master thesis involved a study on the unmet need for family planning among married women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of November 2021, Marie started a PhD at Interface Demography to conduct a mixed methods research project on fertility and sexual and reproductive health and rights among women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congolese diaspora in Belgium.