This postdoctoral research project is funded by the Belgian National Science Foundation (FRS-FNRS) for the 2008-2012 period. It seeks to investigate the implications of emigrants’ participation in home country politics for the relations between emigrants on the one hand, and the host and home societies on the other hand. This project combines quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (semi-directed interviews) research methods with emigrant, elected officials, and civil servant in Europe (Belgium, Italy) and Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia).
Main research questions include:
- Why do states give the right to vote to their citizens abroad?
- Why do(n’t) citizens participate in home country elections?
- How are receiving societies affected by the emigrants’ political involvement in the home society.
Preliminary results of this research project have already been published in Global Network (2011) and International Migration (2011). See publications here.