Janine Meijer is a freelance journalist based in Antwerp, Belgium.

She holds a master's degree in Cultural Anthropology and a master's degree in African Studies from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). In 2000 she graduated from the postgraduate course in journalism at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Her articles appear in the Belgian newspapers De Standaard, Gazet van Antwerpen and De Morgen. 

In her work she focuses on multiculturalism, migration and islam. 

Photo: ©Isabel Corthier



Janine Meijer
multiculturalism, migration, Islam

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Covid-19 in South-Africa

  • Healthcare
  • Science

CAPE TOWN - While in Belgium almost eighty per cent of the population has been vaccinated, in Africa the percentage is still pitifully low.

Suicide in a Brussels police cell

  • Justice
  • Human Rights

BRUSSELS - What happened to Dieumerci Kanda? Six years ago, the Angolan man entered a Brussels police station to report his missing wallet. For no apparent reason, he is arrested and locked up in a cell. Three hours later he's dead. The official explanation is that he killed himself. But isn't there more to it?

Why do Senegalese young people want to go to Europe?

  • Migration

SENEGAL - In Senegal, 63 percent of the population is 25 years or younger. Every year that group gets bigger. Almost all of these young people want to go to Europe. They know the stories about the hellish journey through the desert, the assaults in Libya and the chance to drown in the Mediterranean. But that doesn't stop them. 

How efficient is the Belgian return policy?

  • Migration
  • Politics

BELGIUM - In his approach to the refugee crisis, State Secretary Theo Francken (N-VA) emphasizes return policy. With his Return Handbook, European Commission President Juncker also wants to put more emphasis on voluntary return. But is that plan realistic?

Jihad in Antwerp

  • Religion
  • Terrorism

BELGIUM - In the past year, a few dozen Muslim youths have left Antwerp for Syria to take part in the war there. Why do young people from Antwerp risk their lives in a gruesome war thousands of kilometres away from home? In De Standaard, Janine Meijer examines the motives of Antwerp jihad fighters.