Voting home or abroad? Comparing migrants' electoral participation in countries of origin and of residence

Gherghina, S. and Tseng, H.-K. (2016) Voting home or abroad? Comparing migrants' electoral participation in countries of origin and of residence. Nationalities Papers, 44(3), pp. 456-472. (doi:10.1080/00905992.2015.1132690)

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Abstract

The political participation of immigrants has received increased scholarly attention over recent decades. However, comparisons between the electoral behavior of immigrants in their countries of origin and of residence are still limited. This article addresses this gap in the literature and seeks to identify the determinants of Romanian immigrants’ electoral participation in the local elections of four West European countries (Germany, France, Italy, and Spain) as compared to their turnout in their home country's legislative elections. Looking through the lenses of exposure theory, we hypothesize that contact with institutions, people, and values from the countries of residence are likely to have different effects in the two types of elections. We test the explanatory power of four main variables – time spent in the host country, social networks, degree of involvement in the local community, and the type of relationship with citizens of their host countries – to which we add a series of individual-level controls such as age, education, gender, and media exposure. To assess our claim, we employ binary logistic regression to analyze original web survey data collected in the summer of 2013. The result supports the empirical implications of exposure theory.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Financial support by GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften in Köln forHuan-Kai Tseng’s research is gratefully acknowledged.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Tseng, H.-K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Nationalities Papers
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0090-5992
ISSN (Online):1465-3923
Published Online:29 February 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Association for the Study of Nationalities
First Published:First published in Nationalities Papers 44(3): 456-472
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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