To vote or not to vote? A macro perspective: Electoral participation of first and second generation immigrants in 22 European countries from different countries of origin

S.C.H. André, Jaap Dronkers, Ariana Need

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Abstract

Electoral participation of immigrants is an important issue in Europe, particularly because immigrants vote less often than natives. This may suggest a lack of political integration and might result in proportionally lower representation in parliament, in turn aecting democratic legitimacy. This research analyses 8,132 immigrants in 24 European countries. We find that
although the largest dierences are at the level of the country of destination, the measured characteristics of the country of origin oer more powerful explanations. We conclude that immigrants from countries with more political and socio-economic opportunities have a higher propensity to vote. Immigrants who live in countries with a higher economic development level also vote more often.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-20
JournalResearch on Finnish Society
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • electoral participation
  • migrants
  • European Union
  • multilevel modelling
  • origin countries

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