La incorporación política de los nuevos ciudadanos en Europa: participación electoral y origen inmigrante

English title: The Political Incorporation of New Citizens in Europe: Electoral Participation and Immigrant Background

Author(s): Alfonso Echazarra -

Language: Spanish

Type: Journal article

Year: 2011


According to data from the European Social Survey (2002-2008), differences in participation in national elections between native and immigrant voters reach 15%, exceeding 25% in several European countries. Recognizing the potential implications derived from future processes of naturalization in Europe, and a hypothetical extension of the right to vote to foreign residents, this study aims to investigate the individual factors that contribute to lower turnout among immigrant voters. We propose three hypotheses related to ideology, linguistic integration and democratic culture, which are evaluated along with other classic aspects such as demographic traits, feelings of discrimination and integration in the host society. The results minimize the importance of the inherited democratic culture; partially validate the hypothesis referred to the ideology and point to the linguistic integration as the main determinant of the unequal turnout.

Volume: 25

Issue: 0

From page no: 57

To page no: 77

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Revista Española de Ciencia Política

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