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Migrants' Voter Turnout in the Home Country Elections: Non‐Integration or Political Anchor?
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Glasgow, UK / Department of International Studies and Contemporary History, Babeș‐Bolyai University Cluj, Romania
Department of Political Science, West University of Timișoara, Romania
Abstract: The transnational political participation of migrants has been extensively analyzed in the literature. Previous explanations focus on individual determinants ranging from political interest or efficacy to social ties or socio-demographic characteristics. So far, little attention has been paid to the contrast between factors related to their lives in two different countries. The present article adds to this burgeoning literature by identifying and comparing the effects of several attitudes and behaviors of migrants in the host and home country on their voter turnout in home country elections. We use individual-level data from a survey conducted in 2022 on 1,058 Romanian migrants living around the world. The results indicate that migrants who remain anchored in the politics of their home country—without necessarily striving to return—and those who are engaged in their host communities are more likely to vote. Migrant voter turnout is not determined by poor integration in the host society.
Keywords: home country; integration; migrants; political participation; Romania; transnational electoral participation; voting
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