Migrant voting in origin and receiving countries - new working paper by Ali R Chaudhary
- 29 February 2016
The first paper from the TRANSMIC project investigates the relationship between participation in homeland politics and migrants' political integration in Europe. Findings reveal migrants who vote in receiving country elections are also likely to vote in homeland elections – suggesting that transnational politics and political integration are complementary among politically active migrants in Europe.
Among the first published results from a major EC-funded project on transnational migration, citizenship and the circulation of rights and responsibilities (TRANSMIC), this new paper by IMI Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ali R Chaudhary explores the relationship between homeland politics and migrant political integration in Europe. This research uses random sample survey data representative at the local-city level from the LOCALMULTIDEM dataset (2004–2008) offering the first quantitative cross-national analysis of the determinants of migrants’ receiving and origin country voting across Europe. Do the determinants of migrant voting in receiving and origin countries differ, and what is the relationship between receiving and origin country voting? Findings reveal that the causes of migrant voting in the receiving and origin country vary, but that migrants who vote in receiving country elections are also likely to vote in homeland elections – suggesting that political integration and transnational politics are complimentary processes among politically motivated migrants in Europe.