More than voters: parliamentary debates about emigrants in a new democracy

Gherghina, S. , Tap, P. and Soare, S. (2021) More than voters: parliamentary debates about emigrants in a new democracy. Ethnicities, (doi: 10.1177/14687968211046309) (Early Online Publication)

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There is much research about how migrants engage with politics in their home countries and about how state institutions facilitate this involvement. Yet, we know little about how members of Parliament refer to, and debate, issues related to communities of emigrants. The ways in which legislators give voice to and represent the de-territorialized demos has broad implications for the functioning of contemporary democracies. This article analyzes the ways in which the Romanian parliamentarians refer to emigrants. We focus on the parliamentary speeches from the plenary sessions in the Chamber of Deputies in the two most recent terms in office (2012–2016 and 2016–2020). The study includes 239 parliamentary speeches and uses thematic analysis. Our results identify an ambivalent attitude toward emigrants that transcends political divides. The Romanian legislators express concerns related to the representation of emigrants and their needs and see them as a valuable pool of economic and electoral support.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., Tap, P., and Soare, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Ethnicities
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1741-2706
Published Online:27 September 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Ethnicities 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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