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The political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Spain, Italy and Greece
Vintila, Cristina-Daniela; Morales, Laura; Ramiro, Luis et al.
In pressIn Morales, Laura; Saalfeld, Thomas (Eds.) Pathways to power: the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Europe
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Keywords :
political representation; immigrants; Spain, Italy, Greece
Abstract :
[en] During the 1990s and the 2000s, Spain, Italy and Greece experienced a considerable growth of immigration. In just two decades, the immigrant population has multiplied more than five fold in all three countries and by the end of the 2000s, residents of immigrant origin already accounted for 7 per cent of the overall population in Italy, 8 per cent in Greece, and 13 per cent in Spain, respectively. This accelerated demographic change has put pressure on the democratic representative system of these countries, with large numbers of new residents and new citizens wishing to have a voice in the direction of collective affairs. Yet, their possibilities of securing political representation might have been constrained not only by the institutional and partisan setting in these “new” countries of immigration in Europe, but also by the fact that the public opinion has become increasingly concerned about immigration and immigrants’ integration in all three cases. The levels of descriptive representation of citizens of immigrant origin (CIOs) are still very reduced and quite distant to those found in other European countries, thus pointing to a common ‘South European’ pattern. The presentation shows how the above-mentioned institutional and societal factors have affected parties’ strategies in relation to the incorporation of CIOs into elected office and how issues relating to timing, the size of the CIO electorate (as opposed to the CIO resident population), and party competition dynamics might help us understand these descriptive representation gaps.
Disciplines :
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Vintila, Cristina-Daniela  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Centre d'études de l'ethnicité et des migrations (CEDEM)
Morales, Laura
Ramiro, Luis
Konstantinidou, Angeliki ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Centre d'études de l'ethnicité et des migrations (CEDEM)
Guerra, Simona
Language :
English
Title :
The political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Spain, Italy and Greece
Publication date :
In press
Main work title :
Pathways to power: the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Europe
Editor :
Morales, Laura
Saalfeld, Thomas
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
Pathways to power: the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in eight European democracies
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