The Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation Standing Committee (MIGCITPOL) offers a unique forum to researchers working in the fields of migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation in sending and receiving societies.
MIGCITPOL’s core mission is to compare how citizenship status and rights are legally regulated, and explore how the resulting institutional opportunity structure influences migrants’ access to naturalization and their political participation in home and host countries. Our SC thus combines a top-down analytical approach aiming to understand how underlying regulations regarding naturalization and enfranchisement evolve over time and across countries with a bottom-up focus on migrants’ practices of engagement in electoral and non-electoral mobilisations aiming at influencing the political decision-making process.
Our approach is comparative and aims to cover all regions of the world affected by international migration. It is also transnational, paying symmetric attention to immigrants and emigrants, and to the institutional context in origin and receiving countries. Finally, it is multilevel because we encourage out members to look beyond the nation-state as the sole provider of citizenship and political participation rights.
The founders and past coordinators of MIGCITPOL laid the foundations of a buoyant research agenda on migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation. Our core mission is not only to build upon and expand these lines of inquiry, but also to take them in decidedly fresh direction.
Names of coordinators
Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration, and Population Studies and of the NCCR on the move, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) [Leading coordinator]
Our Team of Coordinators
Institut d'Histoire, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
El Colegio de México, Mexico
University of Lucerne, Switzerland
Tallinn University, Estonia
Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members
Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liege, Belgium
University of Liege- CEDEM, Belgium
Concordia University, Canada
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS), Belgium
European University Institute, Italy
University of Erfurt, Germany
GRITIM-University Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Sciences Po, CEE, France
University of Oslo, Norway
ISMU Foundation, Italy
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Sciences Po, France
University College Dublin, Ireland
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico
Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain
LEST, Aix-Marseille University , France
University of Amsterdam , Netherlands
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Charles University, Czech Republic
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Activities organized on a regular basis
- Panels for the IMISCOE Annual Conferences (23 at the Warsaw 2023 IMISCOE Annual conference!).
- MIGCITPOL collaborations with similarly oriented research networks within other academic associations (e.g. IPSA, ECPR, APSA, and ISA).
- Bimonthly Online Cafés that flexibly respont to our PhD student members' interests and needs (meeting with senior scholars, discussing a pressing issue, sharing recommendations for networking, etc.).
- Thematic Workshops and Conference on themes that currely interest our members and which are related to our core themes.
- Permanent recruitment of new members.
Our outputs correspond to our activities and are developed flexibly to meet the changing needs of our diverse and dynamic community. We propose and promote publications on cutting edge topics of citizenship, nationality and political participation. We promote the application of our preferred approaches (comparative, transnational, multilevel) to scholarly work on these issues. We dedicate time to building collaborations that will help PhD students in their professional development. We develop partnerships that potentiate new research agendas related to our core themes.