Ethnicity, Socialization, Policy Preferences or Social Structure? Disentangling and Comparing the Sources of Migrants’ Political Preferences Across Europe

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Nina Eggert

University of Antwerp

Laura Morales

University of Manchester

Gunnar Myrberg

Uppsala University

Katia Pilati

University of Trento

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to study the party preferences of migrants in a comparative perspective. While long considered politically quiescent, recent studies show that migrants participate politically in their settlement countries. While in the US there is a long tradition of studies of ethnic minorities’ party preferences, European scholars have only recently addressed the issue using mainly case studies. Drawing on prior studies on the voting behavior of migrants and ethnic minorities, we test several hypotheses related to individual and contextual factors explaining the formation and the direction of migrants’ party preferences. Using data from individual surveys conducted in the context of the Localmultidem project to samples of migrant groups and natives in 7 European cities across 5 different countries (Budapest, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Zurich, and Geneva), our results suggest that individual factors are more important to explain the formation of party preference but that contextual factors affect the difference between migrants and natives in their party choice.

Suggested Citation

Eggert, Nina and Morales, Laura and Myrberg, Gunnar and Pilati, Katia, Ethnicity, Socialization, Policy Preferences or Social Structure? Disentangling and Comparing the Sources of Migrants’ Political Preferences Across Europe (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2455377

Nina Eggert (Contact Author)

University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

Laura Morales

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Gunnar Myrberg

Uppsala University ( email )

Box 513
Uppsala, 751 20
Sweden

Katia Pilati

University of Trento ( email )

Via Giuseppe Verdi 26
Trento, Trento 38152
Italy

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